The Indian railways yesterday, (Thursday, 9th April 2020) denied all media reports that claimed confirmed decision has been made to resume ‘train operations’ from April 15, after the 21-day nationwide lockdown ends.
In a statement, the national transporter said that railway ministry has not issued any protocol as yet as falsely mentioned in the reports. It said that it is premature to speculate about the norms of resumption of passenger services at this stage.
“Railways would take best feasible decisions and in the interest of all stake holders including the prospective passengers,” it said, adding that all concerned are requested that not to be guided by the rumours or misleading reports in some section of media.
The railways said that all concerned would be intimated about the same as and when a decision is taken about it.
The national transporter’s remarks came after some news reports claimed that the Indian railways has prepared plans to resume train services after April 14 with measures like thermal screening passengers before entering the railway station, arrival of passengers 4 hours before the train departure among others.
The national transporter has suspended the passenger, mail and express train services from March 24 to April 14 to combat the spread of COVID-19. Only freight and special parcel trains are operational to ensure the supply of essential items across the country.