Though social distancing norm went for a toss at the New Delhi railway station on Tuesday with people jostling to enter the station from the Paharganj side, the railways seems to be returning on its track. Authorised porters (coolies) in their red shirts and badges, retailers of various items — with face masks and gloves dominating their offerings — and passengers with their luggage were back on the station.
The situation at the station looked grim, a day after the railways started the 200 time-tabled trains across the country. Very few GRP (Government Railway Police) personnel were there to man the entry gates.
Rajesh Gaud, a native of Buxer in Bihar who was at the station with family to catch a train, told IANS, “I am going back to my native place as there is no work here.” He could return to Delhi after two-three months after normalisation of the situation, Gaud added.