Platform number 1 of Kalupur Railway Station in Ahmedabad, popularly known as Ahmedabad railway station, bore a deserted look on Friday. Except for railway officials, sanitation staff, a few coolies and Gujarat Railway Police (GRP) personnel, no passenger was allowed on the 12 platforms of the railway station unless they had a train to catch in the next 10 minutes.
A team of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s health department was stationed at the exit gate to check RT-PCR reports while another railways team was put up at the entry gate to check tickets. A computerized voice played on the speakers installed at the platforms announcing ban on sale of platform tickets till April 30 to avoid crowding in the wake of surge in Covid-19 cases.
While the scene at the platform was symbolic of the pandemic times, the scenario just outside platform number 1 resonated the hullabaloo that is prevalent outside railway stations in the country, with social distancing going for a toss.