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Infrastructure Today Magazine | Indian Railways to Resume Services Gradually
Indian Railways to Resume Services Gradually
May 11, 2020
Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from May 12, initially with 15 pairs of trains or 30 return journeys.
Piyush Vedprakash Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, said in a tweet sent from his official handle, “Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12th May, 2020, initially with 15 pairs of special trains connecting New Delhi with major stations across India. Booking in these trains will start at 4 pm on 11th May.”
These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. Thereafter, the Railways shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centres and adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains everyday as ‘Shramik Special’ for stranded migrants.
Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on May 11 and will be available only on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. (IRCTC)
Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets, including platform tickets, shall be issued. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations. It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure, with only asymptomatic passengers being allowed to board the train. Further details including train schedule will be issued separately in due course.
Indian Railway Operates 468 ‘Shramik Special’ Trains
Subsequent to the Ministry of Home Affairs order regarding movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places by special trains, Indian Railways had decided to operate ‘Shramik Special’ trains.
As on May 11, a total of 468 such trains have been operationalised from various states across the country, in which 363 trains had reached their destination and 105 trains were in transit.
These 363 trains were terminated in various states like Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (100), Himachal Pradesh (1), Jharkhand (22), Madhya Pradesh (30), Maharashtra (3), Odisha (25), Rajasthan(4), Telangana (2), Uttar Pradesh (172), West Bengal (2) and Tamil Nadu (1).
These trains have ferried migrants to cities like Tiruchchirappalli, Titlagarh, Barauni, Khandwa, Jagannathpur, Khurda Road, Prayagraj, Chhapra, Balia, Gaya, Purnia, Varanasi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Jaunpur, Hatia, Basti, Katihar, Danapur,Muzzaffarpur and Saharsa.
Up to 1200 passengers allowed to travel in these Shramik Special trains while observing the necessary social distancing protocols. Proper screening of passengers is ensured before boarding the train. During the journey, passengers are given free meals and water.
On Monday morning, officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Railways organised a video conference on facilitating the movement of migrant labour by Shramik Special trains. Several issues were discussed and redressed during the meeting and it was emphasised that migrant labour should be reassured that sufficient number of trains would be run for travel of all those wishing to go home. More than a hundred trains are expected to run daily for next few weeks to facilitate faster movement of stranded workers to their native places.
Leading officials of the states and union territories participated in the meeting.
Piyush Vedprakash Goyal
Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation
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