Railways issues 'restoration plan' to areas, requests preparation for resumption of services from April 15

NEW DELHI: began preparing to resume all services beginning April 15 after a 21-day suspension from its passenger trains following the coronavirus outbreak.

Sources said that all rail security personnel, operating personnel, guards, TTE and other officials have been instructed to join their posts beginning April 15.

Sin embargo, los trains comenzarán a operar solo después de una señal verde del gobierno que había formado un Grupo de (GoM) sobre el tema.

Meanwhile, the railways has issued a "restoration plan" to all its railway zones with a schedule of trains to be run, their frequency and the availability of rakes.

The 17 zones have received a letter to be prepared to execute their respective services, the source said.

Around 80 per cent trains are expected to run as per schedule from April 15 which include Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains . Local trains too are likely to begin operations.

Sources say the railways are also likely to perform thermal tests on all passengers and follow all protocols as advised by the government.

However, officials said no new orders have been issued and that cancellations were only made until April 14, no new orders are required to start on or after April 15.

Sources said a concrete action plan will be sent to the areas later this week.

In an unprecedented move, the railways had suspended the services of 13,523 trains for 21 days after the lockdown was announced by the PM on March 24.

Its freight trains however continued to run during this period.