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
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.