Indian Railways prepares to resume train services including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, but no decision on date; details

Indian Railways services post lockdown: Indian Railways is preparing to begin train operations from April 15, 2020, according to a report by PTI. The report citing sources mentioned that Indian Railways has started preparations for resuming services post the 21-day suspension after nationwide-lockdown was announced.

It added that railways running staff, guards, TTE, safety personnel and other officials have been asked to be ready to resume services after the Coronavirus lockdown ends. While the report states that Indian Railways is ready to start services, no decision on the date of resuming train operations has been decided, Railway Ministry officials told Financial Express Online. The trains will start running only after the national transporter receives a notification from the government.

The report said that the government has formed a group of ministers that will be looking into the issue and making decisions. According to the report, a “restoration plan” has been issued to all railway zones and a schedule of trains that will be running, availability of rakes and their frequency was also provided. All 17 zones have been asked to prepare for running their respective services.

The trains that are likely to be functional include Duronto, Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains. With these, 80 per cent of the trains are expected to resume operations come in the next 11 days, the report said.

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