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Southern Railway restricts suburban train travel for frontline workers

Chennai, May 6(BPNS)

With the Covid -19 containment restrictions in force in Tamil Nadu from 4 am on Thursday, the Southern Railway has put a cap on the travel of general public including students through the suburban train services. The travel is now restricted only to frontline workers and to those employed in the essential services sector. Both the front line workers and those working in essential service sector will be allowed to board the train only on showing the identity cards

The restrictions are in force till May 20, a communique from the Southern Railway said.

The restrictions will create difficulties to commuters who are working in the private sector and government sectors as the suburban rail has been a major mode of transport for the people of Chennai.

Mariappan ,an employee with a private company at Nungambakkam while speaking to BPNS said, “Suburban trail has been my mode of travel since past several years. I am not a frontline worker nor in essential services but I am in a private company and if the suburban train services are not allowing people like us to travel, then it’s difficult to commute.”

The railway has restricted the category of people to use train services as the state government has insisted that trains and buses can be run only with 50% occupancy.