STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

No plan to stop train services, numbers will be increased on demand: Railway board chairman on Covid surge

The Railway Board chairman also ruled out the need for a COVID-negative certificate to travel by train.

Published: 09th April 2021 01:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th April 2021 04:09 PM   |  A+A-

A health worker takes a nasal sample of a passenger inside a train at Patna junction in Patna

A health worker takes a nasal sample of a passenger inside a train at Patna junction in Patna. (Photo | ANI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The railways on Friday said there is no plan to curtail or stop train services and assured passengers that trains will be provided on demand amidst reports of migrant workers rushing to their hometowns, reminiscent of the days following the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma assured the passengers that there is no dearth of trains and the railways is ready to put them into service on a short notice.

"There is no plan to curtail or stop train services. We will run as many services as required. There is no cause for alarm. We can run trains immediately on demand if there is any rush. This rush is normal during the summer season and we have already announced trains to clear the rush," he said at a press briefing.

ALSO READ | Uddhav government contests Centre's claim over Maharashtra's vaccine wastage; inoculation drive stopped in Pune and Mumbai

With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise, a sudden surge in passenger movement at railway stations was reported from across the country.

Many travellers, speaking to the media, said the fear of an imminent lockdown was the reason behind their trips.

"There is no shortage of trains for those who want to travel. I assure everyone that trains will be provided on demand," Sharma said.

The Railway Board chairman also ruled out the need for a COVID-negative certificate to travel by train.

He said the railways has not received any communique yet from Maharashtra to stop or curtail the movement of trains in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases.

ALSO WATCH:



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp