New Delhi, May 12: The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) on Monday issued Standard Operative protocols (SOPs) for general rail travel, making mandatory to use mask or face cover during the travel by special trains being operated by the Ministry of Railway from May 12.
As per the SOP, the movement of passengers to and fro and entry at the railway stations would be permitted only on confirmed e-ticket. Elaborating on the do's and don'ts, the MHA protocol says that all passengers would be provided with hand sanitiser at entry and exit points at station and in coaches. Further, it would be ensured that all of them wear face covers or masks at entry and during travel.
''There would be compulsory medical screening of all passengers. Only asymptomatic people would be allowed to board the train. During the travel and at the railway stations, there would be strict adherence to health and hygiene protocols and social distancing,'' the SOPs read. On arrival at their destinations, the traveling passengers would have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State or Union Territories. Movement of trains shall be permitted by Ministry of Railways (MoR), in a graded manner, in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and MHA, the SoP added.
The Indian Railways on Sunday announced that it will gradually restart passenger train operations from May 12, initially with 15 pairs of trains to 15 locations across the nation. Bookings for reservation in these trains will start from 4 pm on May 11 and will be available only on the IRCTC website. All passenger train services were suspended due to the nationwide lockdown announced on March 25 to contain the spread of Covid-19. These trains will be run as special trains from the New Delhi railway station. (UNI)