Commenting on the movement on trains and Covid-19 protocols, Chairman Railway Board, Suneet Sharma said, “Till now, no state government has asked up to stop trains bound for them. The Railways is conducting thermal screening of passengers and has also notified penalties for enforcing Covid-19 protocols.”
To curtail spread of Covid, Sharma said that the Rail Ministry will not be resuming General coaches (that allow unreserved travel) and will ensure that only passengers with confirmed tickets board. This is being done to maintain some social distancing. Chairman Railway Board also spoke about the Covid coaches and that demand has come from one district in Maharashtra for their deployment.
He also reiterated that the Railways is ready to meet any additional demand for trains.
Commenting on the deployment of special coaches designed to be converted for Covid treatment, Sharma said, “We have kept about 4000 coaches ready. These coaches are located at almost 220 odd locations across the country. So far, we have received a demand from Maharashtra from the Nandurbar district where we have placed 20 coaches already. These coaches are being utilised by the state government for their patients.”
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