Ministry of Railway, Government of India addressed the media at 4 PM today in New Delhi. News Agency quoting announcement from Railways, issued statement that Railway Ministry addressed the Media over services being provided amid health crises. Highlights covering the Railways' decision on resuming of Rail Services, which are scheduled from June 1, 2020 and role in modeling travel services for migrant workers are listed. Indian Railways is running more than 500 Special trains for migrants and all set to start the Passenger train services from June 1, as per plan, the decision in the same row is awaited, source hinted on Saturday.
In its earlier statement Indian Railways has released the list of 200 trains that will run from June 1 and said that these will be fully reserved trains having both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned classes. Bookings for these trains has begun from Wednesday. Other regular passenger services including all mail / express / passenger and suburban services are cancelled until further notice. According to Indian Railways more than 2.5 lac tickets for over 70 trains have been bookedtill report compiled.
The Meeting chaired by Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav from Ministry of Railways. Here are highlights of Railways media briefing-
Ministry of Railways has contributed immensely in the effort to domestically produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and sanitisers and produced 1.2 lakh Coveralls and 1.4 lakh litres sanitiser. Indian Railways had converted 5,000 coaches into COVID care centres, with 80,000 beds. Since some of these were not being used right now, we used 50% of these coaches for Shramik special trains. If needed, they will be used again for COVID care.
Shramik Special Trains were started on 1st May. Free meals & drinking water being provided to all the passengers. Social distancing & hygiene protocols being followed in trains & stations, said Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Indian Railways. 80% of the train journeys have been undertaken by the migrant labourers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, said Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav. If we get any requirement from any state govt authority, we are also prepared to run trains within the state, he added.
Speaking over damage & halt in services due to Cyclone, Railway Board Chairman said, Cyclone was a natural calamity. West Bengal Chief Secy wrote to Railways that restoration work is underway & they'll tell us soon when they'll be able to receive the trains. As soon as they give us a clearance, we'll run the trains to West Bengal, said Chairman.