Trains resume running at full capacity

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:42, Sep 17,2020


The Bangladesh Railway on Wednesday started running its passenger trains at full capacity amid some violations of COVID-19 health regulations.

Some of the passengers collected tickets from counters at different railway stations, including Kamalapur station, queuing up without maintaining social distancing.

Many passengers were also seen without masks inside trains at Kamalapur and Airport railway stations.

Earlier on Tuesday, a meeting, chaired by railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan took the decisions to run passenger trains at full capacity, sell half of the tickets at ticket counters and the rest half online, and not to sell standing tickets in inter-city trains.

The railway employees were also asked to maintain health regulations properly.

On Wednesday morning, railway staff and members of law enforcement agencies at the entry points of the Kamalapur station were seen checking whether passengers had put on masks.

They were also spraying sanitisers on passengers’ hands.

But, many passengers removed masks inside the trains while some of them found brining in their relatives, who were not passengers and came to see them off, on the train.

At Airport station, passengers, some without masks, were seen collecting tickets in a hurry without following social distancing in front of the counters.

Kamalapur railway station manager Masud Sarwar said that on the first day of the resumption of regular train services, a good number of passengers came to the station.

The number of passengers would increase today ahead of the weekend, he said added that they were strictly imposing restriction on standing-passengers.

Earlier on March 25, the government suspended the services of public transports, railway and waterway amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The authorities resumed the operations of inter-city trains on May 31 with 50 per cent passengers and online ticket sales.

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