Bhubaneswar: In the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharastra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh etc, the State Government today requested Railways to cancel all passenger trains coming from and through Chhattisgarh to Odisha from April 10 until further advice.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, in a letter to Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma, requested that passenger trains including local and mail/express, coming from/through Chhattisgarh to Odisha may be cancelled with effect from April 10, 2021, till further advice.
Indian Railways should ensure that all passengers travelling to Odisha, from anywhere by train, must have an RT-PCR negative test report of maximum 72 hours before the start of journey or a second dose vaccination certificate. This restriction will come into force from the boarding date of April 10, 2021, Mahapatra’s letter read.
The Indian Railways is requested to issue instructions to comply with the above requirement. “Though the situation in Odisha is not alarming, the cross border movement of people is impacting the Covid situation adversely in almost all border districts of Odisha,” Mahapatra stated in the letter.