New Delhi, May 6: The Indian Railways is likely to change its timetable and lessen the number of trains during monsoon season. The Central Railways, on a normal day, operates 1,732 train services while 1,384 are operated on Sunday. This move aims to ensure that an adequate number of rakes is available to run on the following days, in case some rakes get stranded.
As per reports, last year due to heavy rainfall 45 trains got stranded on tracks and many trains were affected for days. Around 350 local train services will not run during high tide coupled with heavy rainfall. However, this will be an experiment for two weeks. And based on the response of the public, the railways will decide whether to continue with it or not.
Meanwhile, in the view of rain and thunderstorm warning by India Meteorological Department (IMD), all government and private schools in Haryana will remain closed on May 7 and 8, the state government issued an order on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma has directed all the schools to remain closed on Monday and Tuesday in the wake of the thunderstorm and rain warning issued by the IMD earlier today.
Earlier in the day, the Home Ministry had said that thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likely to occur in at least 13 states and two Union Territories across the country on Monday.
Last week, at least 124 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured in five states due to dust storms, thunderstorms, and lightning. The highest 73 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh, 35 in Rajasthan, eight in Telangana, six in Uttarakhand and two in Punjab.