Indian Railways on Saturday said that no final decision has been taken on restoring train services, while railway zones have started preparing plans to restore passenger services. Train services have been suspended until April 14 during a 21-day nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of Corona virus infection. Indian Railways on Saturday said that no final decision has been taken on restoring train services, while railway zones have started preparing plans to restore passenger services.
Train services have been suspended until April 14 during a 21-day nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of Corona virus infection. This statement of the railway is at a time when a day ago, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had a video conferencing with the Chairman of the Railway Board and other officials. In this, it was decided that services would be restored in a phased manner and in this way plans to restore the services would be sent to the board for approval.
Commenting on the decision taken during the video conference, an official said that train services will have to be restored only after obtaining special approval from the Railway Board for each train. Suggestions should be sent to the board for a phased plan. However, the operation of trains will start only after getting the green signal from the government. The government has also formed a group of ministers on this issue. All 17 railway zones and divisions are preparing plans to mark trains and restore services from 15 April and in doing so they are keeping in mind the availability of train racks.
For example, Firozpur division (division) of Northern Railway has prepared a plan to restore 23 trains and racks are available for them at Amritsar, Jammu Tawi, Sri Vaishnodevi and Ferozepur railway stations. These trains include Saharsa Garib Rath Express, New Delhi Express, Banmankhi Janseva Express, Haridwar Express, Katihar Express, Jaynagar Saryu Yamuna Express, Saharsa Weekly Janasadharan Express, Bilaspur-Chhattisgarh Express, Darbhanga Jannayak Express, Dehradun Express and Pathankot Ravi Express.
Similarly, there are plans to restore about 200 trains of Delhi division including Amritsar Shatabdi, New Delhi-Ranchi Razadhani, Rewa Express and Jammu Rajdhani etc. Sources said that there is also a possibility that the railways will conduct thermal screening of all passengers and follow other rules about which the government may advise after the lockdown. According to the sources, concrete action plan can be sent to the zones next week.
Significantly, as an unexpected move, the railways had suspended the services of 13,523 trains for 21 days as the Prime Minister announced a nationwide lockdown on 24 March. However, the operation of goods trains was exempted.