It is mandatory to have Aarogya Setu App on the phone of all passengers traveling by train. See the complete travel guideline of the railway before leaving for the journey.
The central government has directed about 15 pairs of special trains to run on select routes after a long time after the lockdown. In such a situation, after about two months, passenger trains will be able to run on the track once again and the passengers stranded due to lockdown will be able to reach their home.
But if you are thinking of traveling by train in lockdown, then you have to follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Railways. In fact, according to the Travel Guidelines of the Ministry of Railways, it has been made mandatory for all passengers traveling by special AC train to download the Arogya Setu App in lockdown. In this regard, the downloading link has been shared on Twitter on Monday night by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Railways, with the help (Android & iOS) of which the Arogya Setu app can be installed.
Take care of these things before traveling
According to the Railway Ministry official, referring to the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the passenger traveling by train will have to adopt the health protocol of the state and union territory to reach. In such a situation, before traveling, the passengers should get the correct information about the visiting state protocol. Passengers must reach the station 90 minutes before the train departure, as there will be a thermal screening of all passengers before entering the railway station.
Wearing masks will be mandatory for all passengers traveling by train. Also, passengers have been asked to install their own water bottles and sheets from the railway side. The government has given special instructions for AC trains. Under which the temperature inside the AC will be kept above average. The special train will be run at full capacity. But the railway zone has been instructed to ensure that there are separate gates for exit and entry of passengers and no face to face or contact movement.
A time table has been issued by the Railways from 12 May to 20 May. This train will run daily, weekly, and week. This train will run from Delhi and all major cities across the country to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
Significantly, the Indian Railways suspended all passenger, mail and express train service on March 25 after a nationwide lockdown. Only special parcel trains and trains delivering essential goods were being run. After this, the Railways started Shramik Special trains for stranded migrant workers, students, pilgrims, and tourists from several states from May 1. Let us know that since then, the Railways has run 513 laborers special trains and transported about 6 lakh people to their homes.
Aarogya Setu App Functionality
Aarogya Setu App, India’s main contact tracing technology, was launched on April 2nd this year. The app was developed by the National Informatics Centre under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. This app is designed to keep track of other app users that a person came in contact with. It then alerts app users if any of the contacts tests positive for COVID-19.
The Aarogya Setu app uses the phone’s Bluetooth and GPS capabilities. It will keep a record of all other Aarogya Setu app users that it detected nearby using Bluetooth. Aarogya Setu app will also use a GPS log of all the places that the device had been at 15-minute intervals. These records are stored on the phone till the time any user tests positive or declares symptoms of COVID-19 in a self-assessment survey in the Aarogya Setu app. In such cases, the records are uploaded to the servers.