The Indian Railways, which had on Monday “advised” the passengers availing the special trains that started operating on Tuesday. The government has now made the Aarogya Setu download mandatory for the passengers.
While the guidelines issued by the railways for the 15 pairs of special trains running between Delhi and major cities of the country did not say anything regarding the same. However, a late-night (12:24 am) tweet by the railway ministry has made it compulsory.
“Indian Railways is going to start a few passenger train services. Passengers must download Aarogya Setu app in their mobile phones, before commencing their journey,” the tweet said.
As per sources, it became mandatory after a Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) missive. Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with chief ministers.
Passengers, who do not have the app installed on their mobile phones, might be asked to do so after they arrive at the station, they added.
However, there is no clarity yet on if and how the app will be enforced, officials said. As the Supreme Court, in a directive, has said making it mandatory is illegal.
Aarogya Setu App
The Aarogya Setu app has been installed on 9.8 crore smartphones so far. It is used by the government for contact-tracing and disseminating medical advisories to users. It is to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The MHA has also said installing the mobile app will be a must for those living in the COVID-19 containment zones.
Passenger Train Services
The Ministry of Railways announced on Sunday that passenger train services resume in India starting May 12. Booking begins at 4 pm on May 11. Initially, 15 pair of trains with origin from New Delhi will run. They will go to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad, and Jammu Tawi and return to New Delhi.