Nearly two months after train services were suspended across India, a special train left Bhubaneswar railway station for New Delhi at 10 am on Wednesday.
The first train since the coronavirus lockdown departed from the Bhubaneswar station to New Delhi. The train departed from platform no. 1 with a total of 916 passengers.
The East Coast Railway had asked passengers of the special train to carry their own food and linen and reach Bhubaneswar station for screening at least 90 minutes before the train’s departure.
Only passengers with confirmed tickets were allowed to enter the railway station. It was mandatory for passengers to wear face covers and undergo screening. Only asymptomatic passengers were allowed to board the train, which has 22 coaches.
Railway officials had asked to carry their own face cover/hand sanitisers/soaps etc for hygiene and safety reasons. Passengers were also advised to carry less baggage as attendants/porter facilities may not be available at the stations.
After following all due procedure, the passengers were allowed to board the train which departed at 10 am on Wednesday
The Railway staff flagged off the Special Train with claps
The train will halt at Bhadrak, Balasore, Hijli (Kharagpur), Tatanagar Jn, Bokaro Stl City, Gomoh Jn (operational), Gaya, Pt. Dd Upadhyaya Jn and Kanpur Central, a railway official said.
The tickets for the special train were sold out in 30 minutes after online booking commenced through the IRCTC website on Monday evening.
Ashok Kumar (Addl DRM East Coast Railway Khorda Division ) said, “We had taken special precaution of following Social Distancing norm and sanitization while boarding the passengers on Train, Passengers were asked to reach to Station 90 minutes in Advance for Medical screening procedure.”