meeting with the West Bengal government for working out a
strategy to resume suburban train services in the state in a
graded manner, a senior official said on Friday.
Long-distance trains will also be reintroduced
gradually, South Eastern Railway General Manager Sanjay Kumar
A joint decision on resumption of suburban train
services has to be taken since there are several issues,
including security at stations for maintaining social
distancing and other safety norms, he said.
"We will work out a strategy for resuming suburban
train services in a graded manner," he told reporters.
"South Eastern Railway and Eastern Railway will be
very soon having a meeting with state government officers and
a joint strategy will be chalked out and following the
resumption, the services will be gradually increased depending
on the experience," he said.
Mohanty said that regular long-distance trains will be
reintroduced in a graded manner depending on clearances from
the state governments, the COVID-19 situation and other
At present, a number of special trains are being run
across the country.
Replying to a question on whether digital payments
will be made mandatory for suburban trains like the Kolkata
Metro, Mohanty said that online transactions will be
encouraged but it will be premature to say that the physical
ticketing system will not be allowed. PTI AMR