Limited Number of Trains Restored in Bihar

Passengers taking their seats in Patna-Howrah train after relaxation in the Covid-19 lockdown rules.

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Patna: With life slowly limping back to what used to be considered normal as the state government eases Coronavirus lockdown rules, a number of trains resumed normal service from Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal, and other railway stations in Bihar carrying limited number of passengers while still maintaining some degree of social-distancing.

Altogether seven passenger trains departed or passed through Patna Junction on Monday and one train from Rajendra Nagar Terminal. While four of them left for Delhi, one each left for Howrah, Ranchi, and Mumbai.

According to the railway officials, nearly 5,000 passengers took trains to various destinations from Patna Junction while statewide, over 12,000 passengers, taking advantage of the partial reopening of the railway stations, left for different stations in Bihar and out of state.

Train leaving for Howrah from Patna Junction on Monday.

All passengers were subjected to usual COVID-19 screening before being allowed to take their seats. Before entering the train, passengers' luggage were sanitized in automatic sanitization machine.

The first train to depart Patna Junction was Patna-Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express from Platform Number 10 followed by Patna-Ranchi Jan Shatabdi Express at 6:00 am. The last train to leave the station was Patna-Mumbai departing at 11:55 pm.

Meanwhile, the large waiting room built at the site of the old ticket room also opened on Monday for the convenience of the passengers along with six stalls offering various services.

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