Government of Tamil Nadu, as part of its efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, has imposed new restrictions with effect from 04:00 A.M of 06-05-2021 to 04:00 A.M on 20-5-2021 (14 days). As per the new restrictions, public transport (railways, metro, Buses, cabs) are allowed to operate at a maximum of 50% of the seating capacity and also that all Government offices and Private offices shall function with a maximum staff strength of 50%. Taking cognizance of this, Southern Railway will impose the following restrictions in the operation of its Suburban services in the Chennai region so as to restrict the passengers in the coach to 50% of the seating capacity:
oTickets will be issued/travel permitted only to Railway staff, essential services staff authorized by State Government such as health, law and order, sanitation workers, municipal corporation workers, etc
oStaff of all Central and State Government departments and PSUs, Staff of Madras High Court judicial bodies and quasi-judicial bodies including lawyers, travel and logistics organization staff including Chennai Port Trust, Kamarajar Port Trust, staff of e-commerce companies on duty, staff of print and electronic media, staff of nationalized, private and co-operative banks, and staff of private security agencies
Passengers falling under these categories are requested to carry the photo identity card issued by their organization.
·Categories not eligible for travel:
oGeneral public other than the above, including students and staff of educational institutions (which are closed during the above period) will not be permitted to travel during the entire above mentioned period
oGeneral permission given for women passengers to travel throughout the day also stands cancelled except for those coming under the above categories.
The objective of limiting the permitted category of passengers only to specified categories is not to refuse traveling rights of any specified category of passengers but it is to solely limit the passengers in train service to 50% of the seating capacity as required by the State government for containing the spread of COVID disease.
During this period i.e., with effect from 04:00 A.M of 06-05-2021 to 04:00 A.M on 20-5-2021 (14 days), Railway reserved and unreserved counters will continue to function at 50% staff level duly following all COVID protocols. However, general public are requested and encouraged to go for online booking of both reserved and unreserved tickets. Also the existing concept of peak hour and non-peak hours timings, introduced for the purpose of regulating travel of general public, shall not be followed during this period as the categories of passengers who are allowed to travel are clearly defined as above.
Railway administration shall deploy appropriate restrictions at stations, counters and on trains to enforce the above guidelines and to prevent overcrowding of passengers including a fine for not wearing masks.
From the 04:00 A.M of 20-5-2021, the existing system of allowing general public to travel in suburban trains during non-peak hours and allowing only employees engaged in the organization rendering essential services for travel during peak hours shall come into force unless a notification is issued modifying those guidelines. The non-peak hours for this purpose are reckoned from the early hours of the day to 07:00 hours in the morning, 09:30 hrs to 16:30 hrs and from 19:00 hrs to the closing hours of the day. The intermittent timings will be considered as peak hours, i.e 07:00 hrs to 09:30, 16:30 hrs to 19:00 hrs.
Southern Railway appeals to all the passengers using suburban train services to follow all the COVID-19 protocols issued from time to time by Ministry of Health & Family welfare, Govt of India and Government of Tamil Nadu from time to time.
· Please do not enter station premises and train without wearing mask
· Please do not crowd while the boarding and de-boarding train
· Please maintain social distancing in station premises and on board
· Please co-operate with Railway employees for checking your valid documents at stations and during your journey.