Chennai (Metro Rail News): The Southern Railways has begun preparing the coaches as the Union government is considering on permitting suburban train services after repeated demands for the services in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The rakes, which were idling for five months, are being cleaned and checked for fitness so they can be run once the Centre gives nod.
“A few rakes are being used in rotation to operate staff specials on suburban routes. The number of staff special trains will be increased this month. There are five services daily on the three suburban routes. This is seen as a trial for resuming services”, an official said.
The railway department is concerned about implementing social distancing. “We are planning to follow the same rules that are being applied for staff special trains. There will be a large number of passengers, as many industrial units, small businesses and shops have started to function. However, the number of people in a coach will be restricted. Only two commuters will be allowed to sit on a three-seater”, a person familiar with the matter said.