There is still no final decision on the resumption of services: the railways as zones prepare restoration plans

NEW DELHI: On Saturday you said a final decision on restoring train services has not yet been made and that a decision will be made in a few days.

The statement comes amid rail zones preparing action plans to resume services starting April 15 after passenger trains were suspended for 21 days during the outbreak.

Train services will have to be resumed only with the specific approval of each train by the Board of Railways. Suggestions for phased planning should be made to the Railroad Board, an official said Saturday.

This decision was made at a video conference meeting of the Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, with the President of the Railways Board on Friday, officials said.

However, the trains will start operating only after receiving a green signal from the government that formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) on the matter.

The 17 zones are preparing plans to identify trains and resume their services taking into account the availability of rakes.

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

However, senior officials said that no new orders have been issued and that the cancellations were only until April 14, no new orders are required to start from 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 prime minister announced the closure on March 24. However, its freight trains continued to operate during this period.