How IRCTC is Ensuring a Safe Travel for Everyone
After a long halt, the Indian Railways partially resumed their services. The authorities have laid out measures to curb the risk for the travelers during this outbreak of novel coronavirus and ensuring a safe travel for all those who choose to travel via trains.
These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting 15 important cities of the country — Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. They will run as daily, weekly or bi-weekly trains. You can book Delhi to Bangalore train tickets here.
- Booking a ticket – both offline and online services are available for the same.
- Passengers will have to reach railway stations 90 minutes ahead of train departure to go through screening and other protocols that need to be maintained.
- All passengers will be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.
- During boarding and travel, all passengers will have to maintain social distancing.
- To reduce the chances of the spread of coronavirus, no linen, blankets and curtains shall be provided inside the trains. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen for the travel.
- The pantry services will not be available in these trains. Passengers are advised to carry their food, water etc. However, dry, ready-to-eat meals and bottled water will be provided on demand, inside the train on payment basis.
- The travelling passengers will have to adhere to health protocols as are prescribed by the destination state/UT.
- Passengers not wearing face covers or masks will be stopped at entry.
- Travelers will have to wear face covers mandatorily during the travel.
- No stalls or booths on the platforms will be opened. “No train side vending would be permitted and passengers are advised to travel light,” the Railways said.
On-arrival guidelines at railway stations in south India:
Once the passenger arrives at the destination station, the protocols will vary according to the guidelines prescribed by the respective state governments. Here are the on-arrival guidelines laid down by the four south states for passengers arriving by trains. Currently, there are no special trains to Tamil Nadu.
Passengers will be thermally screened on arrival by a COVID-19 medical team.
> The details of all passengers will be noted on arrival.
> Asymptomatic passengers will have to go for a 14-day quarantine.
> Symptomatic persons shifted to the COVID hospitals and COVID Care Centers
> Test swabs from 10% of the passengers coming by trains will be taken by a medical team near the railway station in the mobile buses.
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> All passengers coming to Karnataka must register on the Seva Sindhu portal and provide correct information about their contact number and destination address.
> There will be a health screening at the stations.
> Those with symptoms will be taken to COVID Care Centre or Dedicated COVID Health Centre and tested on arrival.
> Asymptomatic passengers coming from all states, including Maharashtra, will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.
> Business and transit travellers should show confirmed return tickets that should not be less than seven days after the date of arrival.
> Business travellers coming for less than 48 hours will be exempted from quarantine and COVID-19 test.
> Those staying in Karnataka for more than 48 hours and less than seven days should undergo the COVID-19 test and stay in quarantine till the results come negative. Alternatively, the person can show a corona virus-negative certificate.
> Passengers with a valid train ticket should register on the COVID-19 Jagratha portal. Details such as departing station, destination station, train/special train number and PNR number must be entered in the portal. The address in the state of origin and arrival should be compulsory furnished.
> On arrival, the details of the passengers will be verified and medical screening will be conducted.
> While asymptomatic persons will undergo home quarantine for 14 days, symptomatic passengers will be sent to either COVID-19 Care Centre or Hospital.
> Pick-up vehicles for passengers will be allowed to park at a designated place and only a driver will be permitted to pick up. The driver will also be put in home quarantine for 14 days. A Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (Kerala RTC) will be provided from the railway station to the designated space for pickup vehicles.
> Kerala RTC buses will be provided by the District Administration to drop passengers to the district headquarters/ major towns.
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Currently, the railway stations in Telangana are not screening any passengers on arrival. Although there are no strict quarantine rules, the Telangana government has advised self-surveillance. Book TSRTC bus ticketshere
Initiative By The Railways For The Safety Of Passengers
• Contactless ticket checking (innovative QR code-based contactless ticket checking system. The code can be scanned by the ticket examiners through hand-held QR codes scanning devices.)
•Plasma air purification in coaches (plasma air equipment installed in AC ducts. “This equipment will sterilize the air and surfaces inside the AC coach using ionized air to make the coach Covid-19 and particulate matter resistant,” Railways said.)
•Hands-free amenities like foot-operated water tap and soap dispenser, foot-operated flush valve and latches in toilet door
•The Railways has decided to use copper-coated handrails and latches in trains. “When the virus lands on copper, ions blasts pathogens and destroys the DNA and RNA inside the virus,” the Railways said in a statement.
IRCTC has devised these initiatives and regulations to ensure the safety of the travelers and curb the further community spread of the virus. However, each traveler should be careful and maintain social distancing protocols at all times for the sake of their safety and of their families.