Kohima, May 11 (NE): In order to facilitate the movement of stranded persons to their respective states, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on Monday, May 11, 2020, issued Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for movement of persons by train.
The Indian railways on Sunday, May 10 said it will “gradually” restart operations from Tuesday, May 12, initially with 15 pairs of trains, as the country eases the Coronavirus lockdown.
The SOP issued by MHA said that the ‘movement of trains shall be permitted only by Ministry of Railways (MoR) in a graded manner in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).’
Only those passengers with Confirmed e-ticket shall be allowed to enter the railway station, it added.
The movements of the passengers as well as the driver of the vehicle transporting passengers to and from the railway station shall be allowed on the basis of confirmed e-ticket.
Train schedules, protocol for booking entry and movements of passengers, coach service specifications shall be widely publicized by Ministry of Railways.
Ministry of Railways shall also ensure that all passengers be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic people would be allowed to enter or board the train.
Hand sanitizers to be provided at entry and exit point of train stations and in coaches. Also, wearing face cover / mask at entry and during the journey is mandatory.
During the boarding and traveling all passengers will have to observe social distancing. Further, on arrival at their destination, traveling passengers will have to adhere to health protocols as prescribed by the destination state/UT.
The booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on Monday and will be available only on the IRCTC website. Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) shall be issued.