Published: August 14, 2020 2:33:38 am
A day after Transport Minister Anil Parab mentioned that it’s as much as the Railways to begin particular trains inside Maharashtra for Ganesh Chathurthi because the state authorities has already given an in-principle approval to it, the Central Railways (CR) on Thursday reiterated that it’s but to obtain a remaining go forward from the state.
“Central Railway needs to tell the passengers that it is able to run the specials, nonetheless, the ultimate go forward is but to be confirmed by the state authorities of Maharashtra,” CR mentioned in an announcement on Thursday. It added that the Railways is able to run the specials topic to all norms, together with social distancing.
“However, senior officers of state authorities of Maharashtra knowledgeable on phone on Saturday, eighth August at evening, to maintain on maintain the schedule of working of particular trains, because the matter is beneath reconsideration of Maharashtra authorities and mentioned that they’d advise the result. Since then, Railway administration, each at Board degree and zonal degree, are in steady contact with Maharashtra authorities officers and have been awaiting to go forward,” the assertion mentioned.
“We will take a remaining choice on this within the subsequent couple of days,” State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar advised mediapersons on Thursday.
However, when requested why the federal government had not given the ultimate inexperienced mild, which the Railways mentioned was essential to start accepting ticket bookings, Parab had told The Indian Express on Wednesday: “Last week, we have given in writing to the Railways to start trains for Konkan. And we wish the Railways to run the trains. Once we now have given a go forward in writing, the Railways ought to schedule and run the trains. There is not any hurdle from the federal government.”
The proposal of working 194 trains between August 11 to September 5 from Mumbai to the assorted districts of Konkan for the Ganesh Chathurthi festivities has been stored in abeyance after an preliminary nod by each the Railways and the Maharashtra authorities.
Sources mentioned the state has now began having doubts over permitting the massive scale motion of individuals in trains at a time when Covid-19 circumstances have been rising, and lobbed the ball again into the Railways’ court docket.
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