Pune, 13th April 2021: The Central Railway has decided to cancel the Pune-Mumbai Deccan Queen Express from May 14th as the number of passengers has dropped drastically due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. Consequently, there is no separate train for the journey between Pune and Mumbai, and the only option remains to travel by long-distance trains running through both cities.
The railways had resumed trains after the relaxation of lockdown norms during the first wave of Coronavirus. These included the Indrayani Express and the Deccan Queen between Pune and Mumbai. However, from the beginning, the response of passengers to these trains was low. After the second wave of Coronavirus intensified, these trains began to receive little response. Train reservations fell sharply. As a result, many trains have been cancelled since last month due to lack of passengers.
The Pune-Mumbai Indrayani Express was cancelled last week. This train will not run until the end of June. Following that, the Pune-Mumbai Deccan Queen has also been cancelled. The train will remain closed from May 14 till further notice, a Central Railway official said.
Along with the Deccan Queen, the Kolhapur-Mumbai train will also be cancelled from May 18 until further notice. Some trains have already been cancelled due to a lack of passenger demand. These include Pune-Nagpur, Pune-Amravati, Pune-Ajni, Kolhapur-Nagpur, Dadar-Pandharpur, Dadar-Shirdi, Mumbai-Gadag, Mumbai-Kolhapur, Mumbai-Bidar, Mumbai-Latur, Pune-Ahmedabad Express, Demu Railway between Pune-Phaltan, Lonand-Phaltan etc.