Screening of passengers begins at Dimapur railway station

Screening of passengers begins at Dimapur railway station
RPF personnel screening passengers at the station, Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/22/2021 12:21:16 PM IST

Railway authorities at Dimapur railway station have begun screening passengers using thermo screening equipment and have also started sanitising the platform areas besides enhancing the amount meant for cleaning the station premises by engaging manual labourers, from Rs 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month. 

On Thursday, Railway Protection Force personnel and Travelling Ticket Examiners were seen screening passengers at the station.

Nagaland Post had on April 19 published a report regarding Nagaland’s only railway station not being brought under the ambit of COVID protocols, nor sanitation or proper maintenance being carried out amid rise in COVID cases across the country.

NFR divisional commercial manager (DCM), Lumding division, AK Dey had also informed Nagaland Post that the three-year contract with an agency for cleaning the station had expired in July 2020, which was yet to be renewed, and nor any new tender had been floated for awarding new contract. 

Dey had also said that Lumding division authorities had temporarily stopped the contract system due to acute shortage of fund.

However, after the divisional meeting held on April 19, Dey said he had requested authorities to increase the cleanliness amount and, accordingly, the proposal was accepted and the amount enhanced to Rs. 50,000 from Rs 30,000 per month. With this, he claimed that proper cleaning/sanitisation of the station would be carried out throughout the day. He said regular announcements were also being made through public address system at the station urging people to maintain social distancing and follow COVID-appropriate behaviour.  

CPRO clarifies: Reacting to the news item regarding the sorry state of affairs at Dimapur railway station, NFR chief public relations officer Subhahan Chanda clarified that screening/testing of incoming passengers by train or any other means of transportation was the responsibility of the respective State and that it was being done by them as per the prevailing SOP of the State. 

He said railways provides necessary logistical support to the State authorities, once a request for the same was received from them, adding the same procedure is being followed everywhere. 

Regarding cleaning and sanitisation of Dimapur station premises, Chanda claimed that the whole area normally being used by the passengers were being attended for cleaning and sanitisation regularly by the station authority. 

He declared that the present status of hygiene and cleanliness of the station was satisfactory and that station authority was equipped to attend to any complaint received from bona fide rail users in this regard.

Medical team to conduct random testing 
Dimapur chief medical officer (CMO) Mereninla Senlem, who was also present at the station, said the district medical team would conduct random testing of inbound passengers, giving priority to travelling TTEs and other railway staff. 
Mentioning that inbound passengers would have to provide COVID test negative report, she said if they don’t, then they would have be in home quarantine for 10 days. She urged colony/village councils to monitor such passengers and share feedback with the District Task Force (DTF). 

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