Special trains between West Bengal and Covid hotspots to run once a week
Kolkata/IBNS: Special trains to West Bengal's Howrah station from Covid-19 hotspots, including, Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad will now run once a week, following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's request to cut down the number of trains from hotspot areas as coronavirus cases in the state have been hitting new highs in the past one week, said reports.
According to a Hindustan Times report, a spokesperson of the South Eastern Railway said that instead of daily trains, only one train will run between Howrah and Ahmedabad once a week.
The Howrah-Ahmedabad Special will leave every Friday, starting from July 10, while Ahmedabad-Howrah Special will leave every Monday starting from July 15, the report said.
Similarly, the Howrah– Mumbai CSMT will leave Howrah, every Wednesday from July 15 and Mumbai CSMT- Howrah will leave Mumbai every Friday from July 17, the report added.
The timings of the stoppages will remain the same, the official said.
The special trains between Howrah and New Delhi – both via Patna and via Dhanbad would also operate once a week, starting July 11.
The domestic flights from six cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad have been suspended between July 6 to July 19 by the Civil Aviation ministry but no restrictions have been put on flights from Kolkata to these cities.