The Eastern Railway will resume 54 non-suburban passenger train services in Kolkata from today (December 2). 

The services were suspended in the last week of March this year owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Out of the 54 trains, 30 trains will be running in Howrah division, 22 trains in Asansol division, and two trains in Malda division.”

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Among the 30 trains in Howrah division, eight trains will be run in Bardhaman-Rampurhat sections and an equal number in Rampurhat-Gumani section, while two trains will be running in Rampurhat-Dumka-Jasidih section.

Apart from these, eight trains in Katwa-Azimgang and four passenger trains in Katwa-Azimganj sections will also be run in Howrah division 

Among the 22 trains to be run in Asansol division, eight will be in Bardhaman-Asansol section, four each in Andal-Santhia, Asansol-Dhanbad, Asansol-Jasidih-Jhajha sections, and two passenger trains in Andal-Jasidih section will commence regular journey from December 2.

In Malda division, two trains will be running in the Malda-Barharwa section.

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The decision to resume non-suburban trains was taken following repeated requests made by people from different districts to resume the train services. According to a senior official of the state government, maintenance of all COVID protocols including use of masks and physical distancing is a must on all non-suburban trains.

Suburban EMU train services of both Eastern and South Eastern Railway resumed from November 11 after a gap of seven long months.