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Kolkata Metro Says Will Resume Services Once Centre and Railway Ministry Gives Go-ahead

The metro railway will abide by guidelines issued by the Centre for resumption.

The metro railway will abide by guidelines issued by the Centre for resumption.

Metro Railway, which forms an integral part of the city's public transportation system, stopped services as the nationwide lockdown began in March to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The Metro Railway here said on Thursday that it will restart services on receiving the go-ahead from the Union Home Ministry and the Railway Ministry. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that the Metro Railway authorities can resume services, maintaining all Covid-related safety protocols.

"We will start the process of resuming services once we receive directives from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Railway Ministry," Metro Railway spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said. After receiving the go-ahead, the Metro authorities will discuss the modalities of running the services in the city with the West Bengal government, she told PTI.

The chief minister announced a series of relaxations on Wednesday. Regarding the resumption of Metro and local train services, she said that the Railway authorities should speak to state officials to work out the modalities.

Metro Railway, which forms an integral part of the city's public transportation system, stopped services as the nationwide lockdown began in March to control the spread of the coronavirus.

first published:August 27, 2020, 15:30 IST