The railway authorities have decided to temporarily cancel some special trains as the occupancy rate has fallen sharply in view of the sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
Train No. 08516 Visakhapatnam-Kirandul Special Express will be canceled May 7-21 and 08515 Kirandul-Visakhapatnam Special Express will be canceled May 8-22.
Train No. 08445 The special express Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur does not run between May 8th and 22nd and in the return direction the special express 08446 Jagdalpur-Visakhapatnam will be canceled from May 9th to 23rd.
Train No. 02708 Tirupati-Visakhapatnam Double-Decker Special Express will be canceled May 7-30 and 02707 Visakhapatnam-Tirupati Double-Decker Special Express will be canceled from May 8th to 31st, said AK Tripathi, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of Waltair’s East Coast Division Railway (ECoR). Likewise, the special train No. 02784 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam from May 8th to 29th and the special train 02783 Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad from May 9th to 30th will be canceled. 08528 Visakhapatnam-Raipur and 08527 Raipur-Visakhapatnam special trains will be canceled on May 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th and train no. 08301 Sambalpur-Rayagada special trains and 08302 Rayagada-Sambalpur special trains on May 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th. The railway authorities have asked the population to take note of the changes.
Advice for passengers
Railway authorities have taken steps to control the spread of COVID-19 infections by enforcing appropriate curbs at train stations, ticket offices and on trains to prevent overcrowding, including fines for not wearing masks.
All passengers are thermally scanned at the stations of the Waltair Division.
With various state governments issuing health warnings, passengers should invariably follow the protocols at departure and arrival stations, officials said.
As part of its efforts to control the infections, the AP government imposed a curfew from May 5 to May 18, allowing people to travel between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Similarly, it is mandatory for all passengers entering West Bengal from outside the state to present RT-PCR negative test reports issued no later than 72 hours prior to the train’s departure, said AK Tripathi, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Waltair Division.
The Waltair Division has requested all passengers to follow all COVID-19 protocols issued from time to time by the Union’s Department of Health and Family Welfare and respective state governments. Only passengers with valid and reserved tickets are allowed to enter the stations. Entry is not permitted without a mask and passengers should not crowd at the reservation counters or when getting on and off trains.
You should maintain social distance on the station premises and on trains, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitiser. You should bring your own comforters and groceries.