In the wake of corona surging all over India, Eastern Railway has so far cancelled 56 local trains in the Sealdah section after around 90 drivers and guards tested positive for COVID- 19 on Tuesday April 20. However no decision has been taken on cancellation of trains in the Howrah section.
Eastern Railway spokesperson Eklabya Chakraborty quoted saying “The situation is pretty grim. Some 90 drivers and guards are unable to report for duty due to Covid. We have cancelled 56 local trains to ensure mail and express train services are not impacted."He added "As far as possible, the non-peak hour trains are cancelled to minimise the impact for commuters," he added.
In the time of rising corona cases, the Indian Railways has recently taken decisions that commuters will be fined up to Rs 500 for not wearing masks at rail premises and in trains.
The suburban train services resumed in West Bengal on November 11 last year after more than seven months.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 caseload of West Bengal, where an eight-phase assembly election is underway is up to 6,59,927 as the state registered its highest single-day spike of 8,419 fresh infections on April 19. Kolkata reported the highest number of new cases at 2,197, followed by 1,860 in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district on same day.