Thiruvananthapuram: The rising COVID-19 cases in the country have forced the Railways to delay the resumption of the services of ordinary passenger trains. According to R Mukund, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Thiruvananthapuram Division, the Railway Board is yet to take a decision on running passenger trains other than the MEMU (Mainline Electric Multiple Unit) services which have already resumed services.
“However, Thiruvananthapuram Division is ready to restart services of passenger trains as soon as the permission is granted by the Railway Board,” he added. Meanwhile, all the trains that are plying now would continue their services, the DRM informed.
Mukund also said that the Railways would take strict action against passengers who don’t wear masks during journeys. Moreover, only passengers with confirmed tickets would be allowed entry to the railway station platforms.
Another crucial decision taken by the Railways is regarding vaccination. “All Railway employees aged above 45 years have been directed to get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next 72 hours,” said the DRM.
The Divisional Manager also informed that a video showing a crowded railway platform and carried a warning about another lockdown was a fake. The video, which has gone viral on social media, was shot before the lockdown was imposed last year, he said.