Jamshedpur, May 11: South Eastern Railway said that it will follow all the guidelines required for running of special train. The special train taking lakhs of stranded people back home during the coronavirus lockdown will reach Tatanagar on May 13. �
According to a schedule issued by the railways the train will leave. Bhubaneswar at 10 am on May 13 while the return train will leave New Delhi at 5.05 on on May 14.
The train will have stoppages at Balasore, Hijli , Tatanagar , Bokaro , Gaya , Deendayal Upadhyay Junction ( formerly Mugalsarai ) , Kanpur and New Delhi.
The train will reach Tatanagar from Bhubaneswar on May 13 at 4.15 pm and the return train from New Delhi will reach Tatanagar on May 15 at 10.35 hrs am. The Railway Board this afternoon issued guidelines to be followed by passengers.
Tickets shall be booked only online through IRCTC website. The ticket booking began at 6 pm on Monday, May 11. The advance reservation period will be maximum seven days.
�Indian Railways has issued a set of guidelines for its zones for running the special trains, saying the trains should have at least 90 per cent occupancy to operate and ensure social distancing by not allotting the middle berth to any passenger. We will make sure that the guidelines are followed even the station premises is will equipped to educate passengers,� said an official.
Several help desks and kiosks have been made at the railway station to guide the workers returning to their village.
The Tatanagar railway station is the only A1-category railway station under Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway ( SER). The footfall at the station is gradually on the rise because of increasing number of trains and also because of the fact that Tatanagar falls on the Howrah-Mumbai main line. Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express. The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 60,000 passengers.