IRCTC stated Wednesday it’s going to restart the primary set of “private” Tejas Express trains from October 17, seven months after the Lucknow-New Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai services have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. It stated each alternate seat on the 2 trains will probably be saved vacant to guarantee social distancing and passengers will probably be thermally screened earlier than coming into the coach and never allowed to trade their seats as soon as seated.
It additionally stated passengers will probably be supplied a “Covid-19 protection kit”. It will include a bottle of hand sanitizers, one masks, one face defend and one pair of gloves.
The coach, together with the pantry areas and bogs, will probably be disinfected at common intervals. The baggage and baggage of the passengers will even be disinfected by a employees.
“Use of face covers/masks will be mandatory for passengers and staff. All travellers will install Arogya Setu app and same shall be shown as and when demanded. Detailed instructions will be given to the passengers at the time of booking of tickets,” IRCTC stated, outlining the SOP to be adopted throughout the preliminary interval due to the pandemic.
The two Tejas Express services are the primary set of trains run by a corporate entity, IRCTC, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways. The third IRCTC-operated train, the Kashi Mahakal Express between Indore and Varanasi will nonetheless not start its services but.
The Railways has introduced it might enable personal operators to run 150 trains.
The Tejas trains have been suspended on March 19 and can now run from October 17.
“On getting approval from the Ministry of Railways to again start the operation of the two popular corporate trains, IRCTC is making all-round preparations to ensure that the trains once started to match the expectation of the people in terms of levels of services and safety and health protocols amidst the ongoing pandemic,” the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited stated in an announcement.
Both the Tejas trains have been acquired very properly by passengers for his or her high quality of services and punctuality. IRCTC, by providing to compensate travellers for late operating of the trains, ensured the trains are correctly monitored and run on time.
The services will probably be out there to passengers after the restart of the 2 services, the PSU stated.
“IRCTC has conducted an extensive training programme to educate and train its team of employees of Tejas Trains to manage the operations of the trains and provide services according to the ‘New Normal’ amidst COVID-19 pandemic and to follow the Standard Operating Procedure ensuring passengers safety,” it stated.
IRCTC began the Lucknow-Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express on October 4, 2019, and the Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Ahmedabad on January 19 this 12 months.
(With PTI inputs)