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CM Bhupesh Baghel suggests running point to point trains like Shramik Special Train

Chhattisgarh CM writes to Union Railways Minister, urges him to operate trains with protective measures

Maximum two stoppage and limited number of passengers in view of social distancing

Demands list of passengers, mobile number, Aadhaar number, address information to be given to states

Mandatory 14-day quarantine and concession in fare on humanitarian grounds

Raipur, May 23, 2020/ Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today wrote a letter to Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and urged him to take effective measures and precautions before resuming more trains. In his letter, the chief minister suggested that trains should run point to point like shramik special trains for labourers. He further said that trains should have maximum of two stoppages and from the perspective of social distancing, the number of passengers should be kept below the prescribed capacity. He also requested the Railway Minister to give concession in fares of all classes to passengers on humanitarian grounds in this hour of crisis. The Chief Minister said that the Railways ministry has decided to run 200 trains across the country from June 01 and without effective measures and guidelines, the possibility of spreading the infection by operating the train has increased.
He said in view of the steady increase in the number of coronavirus cases across the country, there is a need to operate trains with considerable caution and protective measures to protect the citizens and to create normalcy in the country. The Chhattisgarh government has taken effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus and has succeeded so far. Mr. Baghel has requested the Railway Minister that the trains should be run point to point, state to state, in accordance with the system laid down in relation to the labor special train operation. Only 02 stoppages of the train should be kept, so that contact with passengers can be controlled. From the point of view of social distancing, the number of passengers in the train should be kept below the prescribed capacity. This will help in proper screening of the travelling persons. Chain pulling facility should be disabled to prevent incidents such as chain pulling during the journey. Chain pulling should not be allowed under any circumstances and strict action should be taken. The Chief Minister said that as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Home Ministry from time to time, after reaching the destination, screening of citizens travelling in trains, managing quarantine, traffic etc. is a challenging task for the states. Therefore, after leaving the train, be sure to provide detailed details of the list of citizens travelling, mobile number, Aadhaar number, address etc. to the states, so that necessary arrangements can be made by the state governments.
All citizens arriving by train should be made compulsory to stay in quarantine for 14 days. In view of the circumstances arising as a result of the lockdown, concession should also be provided to passengers by reducing the fare of all classes on humanitarian grounds. Mr Baghel has expressed hope in the letter that with the implementation of the above suggestions and other necessary better arrangements, train operations will be taken up from 01 June 2020.

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