AGENCIES, New Delhi: The Indian Railways set-up has activated plans to resume operations after the 21-day lockdown period is over. However, the ministry has said that while no date for the resumption plan of the services has been officially announced, it is discussing protocols that need to be followed once services begin to ensure safety of passengers.
Among the major issues under consideration is crowd management at stations, train stoppages and running services in states that have coronavirus hotspots.
According to PTI, options like thermal screening and other methods to scan passengers boarding trains are bering looked into. Measures that are likely to be encouraged include wearing of face masks, practising social distancing and the use the Arogya Setu app to check the health status of the passengers before letting them in.
In the interim period, the railway establishment will ensure that the idled rakes of passenger trains are returned to their respective bases, cleaned and externally and internally and working components serviced according to prescribe guidelines. The rakes are expected to be ready in all respects by the lockdown cut-off date.
Railways officials added that there was discussion on resuming services only on specific approval of each train from the Railway Board. Suggestions on phase-wise resumption have to be provided by the zone to the board, they told PTI. Meanwhile, directions have been issued to zones to prepare restoration plans from April 15.