As the second wave of the pandemic unfolded over the past three months, just about 3.27 crore people undertook long-distance train travel in April. To put this in perspective, in April 2019, the last ‘normal’ year before the pandemic, as many as 30 crore passengers travelled long-distance in trains.
In May this year, so far 1.76 crore passengers travelled by the mail and express trains.
Regular train services have been curtailed since April this year not just in response to reduced demand but also to discourage non-essential travel. From around 1,500 a day before the second wave, the number of regular trains has been reduced to 865 a day. This includes the “special” trains.
News Source: INDIANEXPRESS