New Delhi: Railway Minister of India Piyush Goyal on Thursday, said that the suburban trains in West Bengal will resume from November 11.
Since March, the suburban trains have remained suspended due to the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Goyal took to Twitter and wrote, “Railways will resume suburban services in West Bengal from 11th November. With adequate safety measures in place, this will enhance passenger convenience and facilitate smooth travel for the people.”
The officials said that approval has been granted to the south-eastern railways to resume the services.
The national transporter said, “Officers of Eastern, South Eastern Railways and government of West Bengal met today to prepare the SOP for running Kolkata suburban services. “The Railways is ready to start services as and when the state government is ready with its plan of crowd dispersal and access control during peak hours,” as quoted by News18
Earlier on Tuesday, the West Bengal government had requested Eastern Railways (ER) and South Eastern Railways (SER) to run a sufficient number of suburban trains which connects different nodes with Howrah and Sealdah stations for the daily passengers with strictly following the COVID-19 safety norms.
As per sources, it was decided that 210 local trains will be resume during the office hours both in morning and evening, daily. The number of trains will be kept to the minimum for the rest of the day.
The railway authorities said that they will resume the suburban train services in Bengal with 50 per cent of passenger strength and ensure the following of COVID-19 protocols.
In the beginning, the Railway authorities targetted to resume the operations with only 10-20 per cent of normal services and gradually increasing up to 25 per cent, according to reports by PTI.