The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday issued Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) to facilitate the movement of persons by train.
In an order, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla made it clear that movement of passengers to and fro and entry at the railway station would be permitted only on the confirmed e-ticket.
“Only those passengers with confirmed e-tickets shall be allowed to enter the station. The movement of the passenger(s), as well as the driver of the vehicle transporting the passenger(s) to and fro the railway station, shall be allowed on the basis of the confirmed e-ticket,” the order said.
He also said that only asymptomatic persons would be allowed to board the train and there would be a compulsory medical screening of all passengers.
Strict adherence to health and hygiene protocols and social distancing should be maintained during travel and at railway stations, the order said.
The home ministry said that all passengers would be provided with hand sanitizer at entry and exit points at the station and in coaches.
Moreover, all passengers should wear face masks or face covers and observe social distancing norms while entering a station and during travel.
The MHA in consultation with Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to resume train services partially from Tuesday.