Maligaon, April 9 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has appealed to all segments of railway passengers not to fall prey to rumors that are being spread in various media platforms about heavy rush in trains due to surge in COVID cases.
Interacting with media persons at Malugaon on Friday, NFR Additional General Manager Rahul Gautam said that some old videos depicting crowds at various stations are making the rounds in social media platforms along with news reports that falsely mention that there is mass movement of people. As such, he requested the public not to believe in such rumours and avoid sharing such news and videos.
According to a press release from the NFR Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda who was also present at the interaction, Utpalparna Hazarika, Pr. Chief Operations Manager and Tanweer Hasan, Chief Commercial Manager (Freight Marketing) also attended the interaction.
Further, Rahul Gautam informed that the NFR is running as many as 80 trains at present for the convenience of passengers and adequate tickets are available. He also said that the number of trains may be increased gradually depending on overall COVID-19 situation in the country but at present, only passengers having confirmed tickets are being permitted to board the trains.
He also advised everyone to adhere to all norms, SOPs related to COVID-19 at stations, during boarding, travel and at destination and assured that the NFR is fully co-operating with all the respective state Government authorities for ensuring safety of passengers. He further requested the media to create more awareness about wearing masks properly, washing hands frequently using soap/ sanitizer and maintaining social distance while in public places.
Railway authority might resort to imposing fine for not wearing mask properly in railway premises to restrict the spread of COVID, he added.