India govt issues protocol for train passenger movement

India govt issues protocol for train passenger movement

New Delhi: Even as the country is still battling the coronavirus threat, the Indian Railways is set to gradually resume its operations from Tuesday, but only with all precautionary measures to rein-in the virus spread in place.

The passengers will be subjected to compulsory medical screening and only asymptomatic persons allowed to board the train, as per the Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) issued on Monday.

The movement of passengers to & fro and entry at the railway station will be permitted only on confirmed e-ticket. During the travel and at the railway stations, strict adherence to health/hygiene protocols and social distancing needs to be followed.

All passengers will be provided with hand sanitizer at entry and exit points at stations and in coaches. Further, it will be ensured that all passengers wear face covers/ masks at entry and during travel. On arrival at their destination, the traveling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State/ UT, it said.

The Indian railways will resume passenger train operations from Tuesday. Initially, 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys) will be operated from New Delhi Station to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

Thereafter, it will operate more services on new routes based on coach availability after reserving 20,000 boggies for Covid-19 care centres and also for ‘Shramik Specials’ for stranded migrants.

Booking in these trains can be made only through the IRCTC website (https://www.irctc.co.in/). Ticket booking counters at railway stations shall remain closed.

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