COVID-19 impact: RTI finds 1.78 crore rail tickets cancelled in 5 months


New Delhi, August 23

The Railways has cancelled greater than 1.78 crore tickets since March this yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic and refunded an quantity to the tune of Rs 2,727 crore, a RTI has discovered.

The RTI has discovered that the Railways, which had suspended its passenger prepare providers since March 25, cancelled 1,78,70,644 tickets.

PTI has earlier reported how maybe for the primary time the Railways has refunded greater than it has earned from ticket bookings, registering a detrimental passenger phase income of Rs 1,066 crore within the COVID-19-hit first quarter of 2020-21.

Last yr, whereas the Railways had refunded Rs 3,660.08 crore for the April 1-August 11 interval, it additionally earned Rs 17,309.1 crore in the identical interval.

This is the primary time when the refunds have been greater than the quantity earned by the Railways from sale of tickets.

An official defined that as a result of suspension of providers, tickets booked for journey in April, May and June have been provided refunds, whereas fewer tickets have been booked throughout these three months and the following interval as a result of restrictions.

The first three months of this monetary yr, when the Railways needed to droop all its common passenger providers, the nationwide transporter’s income was within the detrimental—Rs 531.12 crore in April, Rs 145.24 crore in May and Rs 390.6 in June (all in detrimental).

In the final fiscal, it had earned Rs 4,345 crore in April, Rs 4,463 crore in May and Rs 4,589 crore in June.

As of now, the Railways has cancelled all common passenger providers indefinitely.

In the primary quarter of the 2019-20 fiscal, the Railways had earned Rs 4,345 crore in April, Rs 4,463 crore in May and Rs 4,589 crore in June.

In the RTI filed by Madhya Pradesh-based Chandra Shekhar Gaur, the Railways has mentioned that no quantity/cancellation fees has been deducted for cancellation of tickets for trains stopping as a consequence of COVID-19. PTI



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