No final decision taken to recommence train services from April 15: Railways

In a meeting of Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal via video conference, it was decided that train services will have to be resumed only on specific approval of each train from the Railway board.

No final decision taken to recommence train services from April 15: Railways
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There have been reports stating that railways will be recommencing its services from April 15. However, the authorities have said that no final decision has been taken regarding the same. It is being reported that a call on resuming the trains services will be taken in a few days. 

Earlier, the media reports suggested that railway zones have started preparations to resume train services while all railway safety personnel, running staff, guards, TTE and other officials have been asked to be ready to join their posts from April 15.  Moreover, the railways have also issued a “restoration plan” to all its railway zones with a schedule of trains to be run, their frequency and the availability of rakes. 

However, in a meeting of Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal via video conference, it was decided that train services will have to be resumed only on specific approval of each train from the Railway board. 

“Suggestions for phase-wise planning should be given to Railway Board,” an official was quoted in the media reports as saying. 

The Union Railway Minister made this decision in a meeting with the Railway Board Chairman earlier. The government has formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) on the issue and the trains will begin only after receiving confirmation from them. 

According to sources, the railways is likely to conduct thermal screening on all passengers while following the protocols stated by the government amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

In the wake of the increasing cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19, the railways had suspended the services of 13,523 trains (including all passenger trains) for 21-days of nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

As of April 6, the number of cases in India for the coronavirus has crossed the 4,000-mark with the death toll reaching more than 100. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state due to the coronavirus outbreak in India with 781 positive COVID-19 cases. 

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