Indian Railways to resume “gradual” services from May 12

In wake of the latest measures to help those stranded away from their home because of the coronavirus lockdown, the Indian Railways, one of the world’s largest train network, is to “gradually” restart operations from May 12.

The decision has been taken keeping the coronavirus lockdown ease measures at hand. The Railways initially plans to start some 30 train journeys-15 pairs of return trips, that will run from the capital New Delhi to other cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Ranchi, Patna and Chennai.

The Indian Railways made the announcement on May 10. The Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal, in a statement said, “Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from May 12, 2020 … Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes.”

Apart from it special trains for stranded migrants will also ply to transport the migrants to their home on daily basis.

Social distancing measures will be kept at place keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic and it will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.

The Railways Ministry added that 20,000 train coaches were being reserved to serve as coronavirus wards.

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