Vivek Express scripts history as last train to suspend operation amid lockdown
Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian Railway has come to a standstill after Vivek Express, the last train under operation concluded its service at Kanyakumari on Wednesday. Railway has suspended the operation of all passenger trains across India as part of the efforts to crack down the spread of COVID-19. At present, only goods trains are operational.
Vivek Express which is one of the long-distance train operated by the Indian railway scripted history as the last train to cancel operations amid the nationwide lockdown because of coronavirus outbreak.
Vivel Express started its journey from Dibrugarh in Assam about 55 minutes before the Janata Curfew on Sunday. The train covers 4025 kilometres in 9 states including Kerala. The authority issued the order cancelling all train services when the train was on its run. Following the nationwide lockdown, the railway has directed all express trains to suspend services. Other trains which were operational along with Vivek Express stopped the service on Monday and Tuesday.
It was on Wednesday, Vivek Express arrived at Palakkad. All remaining passengers on the train alighted at Palakkad and Thrissur. From Sunday onwards, no new passengers were allowed to board the train.
As there was no other train conducting service, Vivek Express was not delayed in any station. Finally, it concluded service at Kanyakumari railway station. Indian Railway took to social media and announced the news on the last train to suspend operation.