Officials fear that some of the railway workers may become sluggish as they have not worked for hours. They also think that it is necessary to test how active all the parts are.
The Chief Minister gave verbal permission on Wednesday. The state government has no problem if local train and metro services are started as per the rules. The next day, SP Singh, Divisional Railway Officer, Sealdah Division, called a meeting to check their preparations. The meeting will start at 10.30 am on Friday. He will check the preparation by talking to the officials of the department.
Local train service closed from March. After about five months, the light of hope has finally appeared. But is it realistic to run a local train on the Sealdah branch while maintaining social distance? According to the source, that is why the railway officials of Sealdah are going to take multiple steps.
First, entry into the station without a ticket is being strictly prohibited. The entry of hawkers is also going to be banned. Second, there is an automatic thermal scanner at each station. Third, trains are planned to run at a station interval as galloping. Fourth, Rail has sought the help of state police in crowd control with the recruitment of additional RPF personnel.
Moreover, the officials are fearing that some of the railway workers may become sluggish as they have not worked for hours. They also think that it is necessary to test how active all the parts are.
Sealdah branch notorious for crowds on local trains. Excluding the Sealdah North branch, the Main and South branches are responsible for keeping the train on board most of the day. Sealdah branch runs 768 trains a day on working days. For now, railway officials plan to start 25 percent of its service.