In addition to that, Western Railway has decided to run two trips of summer special trains between Mumbai Central and Bhagalpur and additional two trips of a special train between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Raxaul.
According to a railways release, as many as 283 regular specials trains ran, including 58 summer special trains by Western Railway in the month of April up to Friday (April 23) towards North and Eastern sector to facilitate the passengers and also to meet the increasing demand.
The additional two special trains are -- Mumbai Central - Bhagalpur Summer Special Train and Lokmanya Tilak terminus - Raxaul Special.
Meanwhile, earlier, Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma had stressed on the fact that no state has asked the railways to stop any train service yet, adding that wherever the states have raised concerns about containment zones, passengers have undergone random tests and checks at the destinations.
Addressing a press conference, Sharma had said the railways has highlighted that all protocols are being followed by the states on the IRCTC's e ticketing website, advising passengers if they need to undergo an RT-PCR test or carry COVID-negative certificates while travelling to certain areas.
"As of now, no state government has asked us to stop trains. However, whenever there are concerns, the state governments have discussed the issues with us and where there are containment zones, they are doing random tests and checks. The railways has all these details on the e-ticketing website and passengers are provided information on whether they have to undergo tests or carry a COVID-negative certificate on arrival," he said.
Sharma also said the railways is doing a thermal screening of the passengers and has also notified the fine amounts for not following COVID protocols.
He ruled out running Shramik Special trains and said trains will be run wherever there is demand and requirement.
Sharma also said the price of platform tickets has been increased at several stations to discourage crowding.
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