India-Bangladesh passenger train services between Kolkata and two cities of Bangladesh have been suspended from March 15 to April 15 or till further notice to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Services of Maitree, which connects Kolkata with Dhaka, and Bandhan Express trains, runs between Kolkata and Khulna, will remain suspended on a Union government's directive, an Eastern Railway official said, The Hindu reported.
The city-headquartered zonal railway has also undertaken programmes at its different divisions, including Sealdah, Howrah and Asansol, to create awareness among passengers and staff on cleanliness and safe practices such as washing hands, cough etiquette and self-quarantine during fever.
It has also set up isolation wards at its headquarter hospital at Sealdah and other divisional railway hospitals at Howrah, Asansol, Malda and railway workshop hospitals at Liluah, Kanchrapara and sub-divisional hospital at Andal, the official said.
Sanitisation of areas with high contact points such as entrance handrail of coaches and toilet door handles are being done at Asansol division as a precautionary measure, he said.