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COVID-19 Lockdown- Railways not ferrying passengers on its birthday

New Delhi: The Indian Railways turned 167 years previous on Thursday and for the primary time ever, its trains didn’t carry any passengers on its birthday and as an alternative stood idle within the yards ready for the nationwide lockdown to finish.

On at the present time 167 years in the past, the wheels of the primary passenger prepare within the nation from Mumbai to Thane began rolling.

In 1974, Indians skilled life with out trains for the primary time. In Might 1974 through the strike of the railways that lasted for round three weeks, drivers, station masters, guards, observe workers and plenty of others went on ‘chakka jam’ demanding mounted working hours for prepare drivers and an across-the-board pay hike.

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“I can recall those times vividly. I remember that our leader George Fernandes had almost secured a deal with the then railway minister, but it fell through when it was taken to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi,” All India Railwaymens Federation Common Secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra, who was an apprentice within the railways at the moment, informed PTI.

“Fernandes was arrested in Lucknow. The workers went through a lot at that time. But those were days that angry workers had refused to give in and took great risks to get their demands met,” he stated.

Nonetheless, similar to this time, 4 a long time in the past too freight trains carrying important provides have been run and the unions agreed to let some passenger trains run on the trunk routes just like the Kalka Mail from Howrah to Delhi.

“Never ever in its history, there has been such a long interruption of services. Not during the World Wars, not during the 1974 railway strike, or any other national calamity or natural disaster,” a railway spokesperson stated.

The primary Indian Railways passenger prepare was flagged off on April 16, 1853, from Mumbai to close by Thane.

On Thursday, the Railway Ministry wished the railways a cheerful birthday on Twitter – “Today, 167 years ago with the zeal of ‘never to stop’ the wheels of the first passenger train from Mumbai to Thane started rolling. For the first time, passenger services are stopped for your safety. Stay indoors & make the nation victorious,” it stated.

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Railway has suspended all passenger companies since March 25 until Might three as a result of coronavirus outbreak. Round 15,523 trains run by the railways have been affected together with 9,000 passenger trains and three,000 mail categorical companies that are run day by day. It caters to over 20 million passengers day-after-day.

In line with the Union well being ministry, the loss of life toll attributable to coronavirus rose to 414 and the variety of instances to 12,380 within the nation on Thursday.

(With Company Inputs)

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