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Kollam: The decision of the Railway to cancel 12 trains that did not require reservation due to increase in covid-19 cases have put passengers in a tight spot. However, Railway authorities stated that the cancellation of trains was due to non-compliance to covid protocol by passengers despite strict restrictions.
It is learned that 12 passenger trains were cancelled in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad divisions on Saturday and Sunday. These trains normally have a heavy rush during weekends. The cancellation of trains has subsequently increased the number of passengers using bus and other trains. Concerns have been raised that overcrowding in public services could lead to rapid spread of the virus.
Railway officials pointed out that trains were cancelled due to passengers not complying to Covid protocols and not wearing masks. The Railway Board will not allow trains to become a platform for the spread of the virus. Therefore it is important to ensure the safety of passengers and that of railway employees, officials said.
Officials also pointed out that the majority of people travelling on reservation trains wear masks and maintain social distance. Covid protocols are also being violated in other trains, despite imposing fines. Disputes between TTEs and passengers over fines are also common, officials added. The trains will run as usual from Monday onwards.
Meanwhile, Railway has decided to strengthen security measures in trains and also on platforms. Awareness will be conducted on trains and platforms in collaboration with Railway Security Force. Railway Divisional Managers will go directly to platforms and lead the campaign.