LOCKDOWN … Train services likely to be restored on April 15; thermal screening likely

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NEWS COVID TRAINS

NEW DELHI: Around 80 per cent of trains are expected to run as per schedule from April 15, PTI wire service said in a report quoting the Railway ministry. The trains which will resume service include, among others, the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. However, it stressed that the train services will be restored only after the government gives its green signal.

The Railways has issued a “restoration plan” to all its zones with a schedule of trains to be run, their frequency and the availability of rakes from April 15. All 17 zones have been sent a missive to be prepared to run their respective services. Sources said the Railways would likely conduct thermal screening on all passengers and follow all protocols as advised by the government. As of now, the cancellations are only upto April 14, the deadline for end of the three-week nationwide lockdown.
It was in an unprecedented move that the railways had suspended the services of 13,523 trains for 21 days after lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24. The freight trains however continued to run during this period. IHN-NN
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