Local train services resume in Bengal after over seven months

PTI Kolkata | Updated on November 11, 2020

Workers paint circle marks on the floor at the Sealdah Railway Station to help passengers maintain social distancing   -  PTI

Passengers must adhere to Covid protocols, wearing of mask mandatory

Suburban train services resumed in West Bengal on Wednesday after more than seven months, with authorities maintaining a strict vigil and passengers largely adhering to the Covid-19 protocol.

Local train services under the jurisdiction of the Eastern and South Eastern Railways resumed early in the morning. They were suspended in March following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Footfall expected to go up

The EMU trains were not chock-a-block as was the usual scene during pre-Covid times but the passenger footfall is expected to increase gradually, as the inexpensive public transport is preferred by many people living in the suburbs.

The railway authorities have requested passengers to conform to the Covid-19 protocol and have made the wearing of masks mandatory for entering stations or trains.

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Eastern Railway is operating 413 suburban trains in Sealdah division and 202 in Howrah division from Wednesday, an official said. To avoid overcrowding of trains, 148 of 177 time-tabled services are being run during peak hours, he said.

South Eastern Railway is running 81 daily services from Wednesday, with 40 EMU locals in the up direction and 41 in the down direction, a spokesperson of the railway zone said.

Published on November 11, 2020

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