The Southern Railway on Fridaysaid the Tamil Nadu government employees authorised asessential services staff would be allowed to board its”Workmen Specials” running on the citys suburban routes fromOctober 5.
Southern Railway is presently operating the specialsfor its own workmen.
The services would be out of bounds for the generalpublic.
“In response to the request of the government ofTamil Nadu, it is decided to permit essential services staffauthorised by the state government to travel in limitednumber of suburban trains run as Workmen Specials by ChennaiDivision of the Southern Railway with effect from October 5,”an official release said.
Details of train services would be displayed at thestations.
The release further said a nodal officer of thestate government would authorise and issue specific travelpermission to essential services staff to travel in theWorkmen Specials.
“The specific travel permission shall have detailssuch as name, designation and department/office among others.
This travel permission in original will be accepted by theRailways only when presented along with the photo ID Card ofthe person issued by his/her office,” it said.
Tickets would be issued only to the said persons andnot the general public, it added.
Standard health protocols such as thermal screeningof passengers would be followed while they should wear masksand follow social distancing at all times, it said.
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