Train services restart all over the country after COVID-19 lockdown

Train services restart all over the country after COVID-19 lockdown
Train services restart

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
 MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 

LOK SABHA 
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 690 
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.09.2020 

CONVERSION OF COACHES INTO COVID CARE UNITS 
690. DR. T. SUMATHY (a) THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN: 

SHRI BALUBHAU ALIAS SURESH NARAYAN DHANORKAR: 

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state: 

(a) whether the Government has taken effective steps to open Passenger railway transport as its operations were halted amid the outbreak of the COVID-19; 

(b) if so, the details thereof and the approximate time by which the passenger train services are to be restored; 

(c) the appropriate action plan decided or to be taken by the Government to mitigate the problems faced by people once the train services restart all over the country after COVID-19 lockdown; 

(d) whether the Government has provided large number of rail coaches for temporary COVID-19 treatment and care units during the lockdown crisis; 

(e) if so, the details thereof and the utility status of such transformed rail coaches in the country, railway zone-wise; and 

(f) the approximate time by which these transformed coaches are likely to be put into passenger transport again? 

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ANSWER 

MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
(SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL) 

(a) to (f) A Statement is laid on the Table of the House. 

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (f) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 690 BY DR. T. SUMATHY (a) THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN AND SHRI BALUBHAU ALIAS SURESH NARAYAN DHANORKAR TO BE ANSWERED IN LOK SABHA ON 16.09.2020 REGARDING CONVERSION OF COACHES INTO COVID CARE UNITS. 

(a) to (c): In terms of Ministry of Home Affairs’ guidelines dated 01.05.2020 and based on requests from the State Governments, Indian Railways operated Shramik Special trains w.e.f. 01.05.2020. In order to gradually reintroduce passenger services, Indian Railways resumed passenger train operations by operating 15 pairs of special trains w.e.f. 12.05.2020 and by operating 100 pairs of trains w.e.f. 01.06.2020. Further, 43 pairs of special trains have been introduced 

w.e.f. 12.09.2020. At present, only special trains are being operated with limited stoppages, keeping in view the concerns and suggestions of the State Governments, to facilitate management of COVID-19 Pandemic protocol. 

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(d) to (f): Yes, Sir. Indian Railways had converted 5231 Nos. of Non-AC ICF coaches into isolation coaches temporarily as COVID-19 isolation units during lockdown crisis. Zone wise status is as under-

SN

Zonal Railways

Nos. of Coaches Converted into isolation coaches.


1

Central Railway

482

2

Eastern Railway

380

3

East Central Railway

269

4

East Coast Railway

261

5

Northern Railway

540

6

North Central Railway

130

7

North Eastern Railway

217

8

Northeast Frontier Railway

315

9

North Western Railway

266

10

Southern Railway

573

11

South Central Railway

486

12

South Eastern Railway

338

13

South East Central Railway

111

14

South Western Railway

320

15

Western Railway

410

16

West Central Railway

133

Total

5231


Source :http://164.100.24.220/loksabhaquestions/annex/174/AU690.pdf

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