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The news of Railways shutdown till September 30 is incorrect, says Railway Ministry

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The Railway Ministry has called the news of Indian Railways extending its train shutdown till September 30 as incorrect. 

Recently, a section of media reported that Indian Railways has canceled all regular trains till 30th September in the backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases in the country. 

The Economics Times published a report titled "Indian Railways extends train shutdown till September 30, only special trains to run."

In a similar report, the Federal stated that the cancellation of express, passenger and suburban trains due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown was scheduled to end on August 12. However, it has now been extended until September 30.

Meanwhile, a circular is also doing rounds on social media platforms stating that the competent authority while referring to a Board's letter above has decided to extend cancellation of all regular Mail/Express, Passenger,- and Suburban train services up to 30.09.2020.

However, Indian Railways has refuted the reports. The Indian Railways has said that no new circular has been issued on the suspension of train services until September 30. "Some section of media is reporting that Railways has canceled all regular trains till 30th September. This is not correct. No new circular has been issued by the Ministry of Railways," Ministry of Railways tweeted.

In the tweet, the Railways also said that Special Mail Express trains shall continue to run.

In conclusion, the Railway Ministry has called the news of Indian Railways extending its train shutdown till September 30 as incorrect. 

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