After a prolonged lockdown government looks at resuming more trains and flights, Railways and Airlines to start booking tickets.
1. Indian railway announced the move to resume 100 pairs of trains from June 1’2020.
2. Bookings for which started on Thursday (21.05.20).
3. The government is gearing up to restore around a similar number of more trains to bring back normalcy into the economy.
4. With a large number of non-AC coaches already being used by Shramik Specials.
5. It is expected that the next set of train services to be resumed will have the AC class services.
6. Around 1,200 pairs of regular mail/express trains remain to be restored soon.
7. This will happen without compromising gains of the lockdown.
8. It had already decided to open food stalls and canteens at stations a day earlier.
9. The offline ticket has been issued/canceled from the post office also.
1. An unnecessary “fuss” is being made over quarantine of passengers on domestic flights, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday while discussing norms to be followed by airlines and passengers for the resumption of domestic operations from Monday (25.05.20).
2. Mr. Puri indicated that the government was not in favor of quarantining passengers on short-haul.
3. “In case you test positive, then you will not even be permitted to enter the airport or board flights,” Mr. Puri added, referring to revised SOPs governing check-in at airports. He also asked all passengers to take “a conscious decision to see if they are fit to travel”.
4. Minutes after the Aviation Minister’s virtual press meeting, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told NDTV his state would maintain on quarantine for all passengers coming by air.
5. It remains to be seen if other states will direct similar quarantine measures for incoming passengers.
6. Flight operations, domestic and international, were stopped in March after a nationwide lockdown was ordered to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
7. On Wednesday (21.05.20) Mr. Puri said domestic operations would be re-started in a “calibrated” manner.
8. Previous, the Civil Aviation Ministry released a comprehensive list of guidelines for passengers, including web check-ins, compulsory social distancing and thermal screening, the use of shielding gear throughout the journey, and displaying “green” status on the Aarogya Setu app.
9. Those found with COVID-19 symptoms or showing “red” on the government’s contact-tracing app will not be allowed to enter the airport terminal or board flights, the Ministry said.
10. Passengers coming from containment areas of “red” zones will also not be allowed to enter the airport or board flights, the ministry’s statement added.
11. Prior to the lockdown and flight ops being halted, incoming passengers were directed towards thermal scanners. Those found symptomatic or arriving from high-risk countries, like including China, Singapore, and the United States, were referred to isolation facilities.
The total number of corona cases in the country has crossed 1.12 lakh, with 3,435 deaths connected to the virus.