Train services to resume in Chennai soon?

With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami writing to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal requesting him to instruct Southern Railway to resume the Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) and suburban train services in and around Chennai to help the general public travel and facilitate the quick revival of the economy, it is said that the train services would resume soon.

“Measures are being worked out to ensure the safety of passengers. An official announcement on resuming of services is expected soon,” sources said.

n a letter to the Union minister on October 23, the chief minister said, “I request you to give instructions to Southern Railway to resume electric multiple unit (EMU) / suburban trains in and around Chennai, duly adopting standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Covid-19.”

He said resumption suburban trains would greatly help the general public and facilitate in the quick revival of the economy.

Meanwhile, the State had already made a request on September 2 to resume EMU and sub-urban trains in and around Chennai for the general public. Currently, railways operate about 42 workmen specials to facilitate transportation of  railway employees and state government employees engaged in essential services.

According to official records, about 11.24 lakh passengers travelled in four suburban routes – Chennai – Arakkonam, Chennai – Chengalpattu, Chennai – Gummidipundi and Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS between April 2018 and March 2019.