NFR may impose fine for not wearing masks

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GUWAHATI, April 9: Northeast Frontier Railway(NFR) has appealed to all segment of railway passenger not to fall prey to rumors that are being spread in various media platforms about heavy rush in trains due to surge in Covid-19 cases.

It is seen that some old videos showing crowd at various stations are making rounds on social media platforms. Some news reports also falsely mention that there is mass movement of people. People are requested not to believe in such rumours. We appeal everyone to avoid sharing such news and videos, the NFR stated.

This has been specifically said by Northeast Frontier Railway addl. general manager Rahul Gautam while interacting with media person at Maligaon on Friday. Gautam along with Pr. chief operations Manager Utpalparna Hazarika, chief commercial manager (Freight Marketing) Tanweer Hasan, and chief public relations officer Subhanan Chanda were present during the interaction.

Rahul Gautam also said that N. F. Railway is running as many as 80 trains at present for the convenience of passengers and adequate tickets were available. He said number of trains may be increased gradually depending on overall COVID situation in the country. However, currently 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.  He pointed out that N.F. Railway has been fully co-operating with all the respective state government authorities for ensuring safety of passengers.

He asked the media to create more awareness about wearing mask 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 mentioned.

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