Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said on Friday that no state has requested to stop the train service yet. He said that wherever states have expressed concern about Containment Zones, there is a random check of passengers and check on arrival at the destination.
While addressing a press conference, Sharma said that the Railways has highlighted that all the states are following the protocol given on the IRCTC ticket booking website, the website is being told which areas They need to undergo RT-PCR test or get a Covid-19 negative certificate before going to, or they will have to go through the screening process when they arrive.
He said that so far no state government has asked the trains to stop operating. But wherever there is a concern, the State Governments have discussed with us the issue and random checks are being done wherever there are containment zones. The railway has given all the information on the website of e-ticketing and passengers are being informed that they will have to get an inquiry or take the Covid-19 certificate when they reach the destination.
Platform ticket prices were increased
Sharma also said that the railway is doing thermal scanning of passengers and has also notified the amount of the penalty under the Covid-19 protocol. He ruled out the possibility of running Shramik Special trains and said that trains would be run as per demand and requirement. Sharma also said that the platform ticket price has been increased with the aim of preventing congestion at the stations.
Zonal general manager empowered to run additional trains
When asked about the converted coaches to be used as Covid Care Centers, Sharma said that we have 4,000 isolation coaches (bogies) at various places in the country. We have received more than 100 bogies from Nandarbar in Maharashtra and 20 isolation coaches have been provided. Sharma said that the railways are closely monitoring all stations in Mumbai, Gujarat, Karnataka and wherever the demand is high and the zonal general manager has been empowered to run additional trains.
140 additional trains in operation
He said that I assure you that there is no deficiency in service, the situation is normal, especially in Mumbai, Surat and Bengaluru. On an average, Indian Railways runs 1,490 freight trains and express trains and 5,397 suburban train services a day. Sharma said that we are also operating 28 clone trains of high popularity trains and 947 passenger trains. He said that about 70 percent train service has been restored. Sharma said that in order to reduce excess congestion across the country, Railways are also operating 140 additional trains.
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