Indian Railway Board Chairman says: No State has asked to stop train service
The railways have issued its statement regarding the operation of trains amid cases of increasing Covid infection in the country. Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said on Friday that so far no state has requested to discontinue train services. Regarding the precautions being taken regarding the Covid infection, wherever the states have expressed concern about the prohibited areas, there is a random investigation of the passengers. Not only this, on the arrival of the railway destination, they are also being subjected to Covid investigation.
Sunit Sharma (Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma) told reporters that according to the railway, all the states are following the protocol given on the IRCTC ticket booking website. Not only this but it is also being told on the website in which areas the traveler needs to get an RT-PCR check or get a Covid-19 negative certificate before going. It is also being told on the website that after reaching the destination the passengers have to go through the screening process of Covid.
Sunit Sharma (Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma) said that at present no state has appealed to stop operating trains. State governments in areas where there is a concern are discussed with the Railways on this issue. Random checks are being carried out by the Railways wherever there are prohibited areas. Railway has given all the information on the website of e-ticketing. Passengers are being told that after arriving at the destination, they will have to be examined or they will have to carry a certificate of Covid-19 negative.
On behalf of Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma, it was also informed that thermal scanning of passengers is being done as a precaution against Covid infection. Not only this but notification has also been issued on the amount of fine from those who do not follow the Covid-19 protocol. Sharma, chairman of the Railway Board, ruled out the possibility of running Shramik Special trains. He said that trains will be run as per the demand and requirement. Platform ticket prices have also been increased to prevent congestion.
Sharma said that the Railways is operating 28 clone trains and 947 passenger trains of high popularity trains. Currently, about 70 percent of train services have been restored. Not only this, but the Railways is also operating 140 additional trains to reduce the extra congestion across the country. The Railways operates an average of 1,490 freight trains and express trains as well as 5,397 suburban train services a day.