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News Entry# 404666
Apr 10 (17:41) Covid-19: Railways may keep middle berths vacant for social distancing (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Once train services resume, railways (click here is mulling options like
running special trains only in areas which are not hotspot zones, keeping middle berths vacant in three-tier coaches and
disallowing unreserved travel to curb spread of the virus.
Railway board chief V K Yadav, at a video meeting with top railway officials, indicated that the government plans to divide the
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into three zones — red, yellow and green — depending on number of cases, said sources.
In the ‘red’ zone, no transport service will be introduced, the ‘yellow; zone will have restricted services and ‘green’ will see no
restriction in number of services.
“No decision has been made, but various measures are being discussed in case the government asks the railways to resume
services while ensuring social distancing rules,” said a source.
Measures being considered include no allotment of the middle berth and no provision of any linen or food on trains till the
number of cases starts reducing, said the source. Also, all scheduled trains which are part of the timetable could be cancelled and only special trains will be run.
To stop coronavirus-positive patients from boarding trains, thermal screening may be done at all entry points and passengers
over 60 will not to be allowed to travel. Besides, wearing a mask may be a must and those who don’t will be penalised and
made to disembark.
Also, no unreserved travel may be allowed so that every passenger can be tracked down, said the source.
Regarding, commencement of services from major cities, most metro cities, except for Kolkata, could be classified in the ‘red’
zone going by the current trend of positive cases across the country, according to the source.
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