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Banerjee: Kolkata Metro may resume services from 1 July

The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to change the night curfew hours in West Bengal with 15,648 COVID cases as of now to 10 PM-5 AM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee permitted Kolkata Metro to resume services from 1 July. She said due to the disease (COVID) pandemic, the authorities would allow passengers only up to the seating capacity. “We are discussing with the Metro authorities about resuming the Metro services from 1 July, allowing passengers only up to the seating capacity,” said Banerjee.

Banerjee said the Kolkata metro railways should ensure that the trains run without any passenger standing or coaches being overcrowded.

“We have decided that (from 1 July) the night curfew hours will be from 10 PM to 5 AM. We also want the Metro railways to resume services from 1 July by following all precautionary and sanitisation norms and only with 100% seat occupancy policy,” the chief minister said at a press conference.

In another development last evening, the railways said all regular time-tabled passenger trains, including mail express, passenger and suburban services that were suspended by the union government till 30 June, would remain suspended till 12 August. The latest round of cancellations of trains comes in the background of a surge in COVID cases across the country.

After four extended lockdowns, the union government, at the beginning of this month, had said that the lockdown would be applicable only in containment zones till 30 June.

At least 475 new COVID cases and 15 deaths were reported in West Bengal yesterday. The total number of cases has reached 15,648 including 10,190 discharged, 4,852 active cases and 606 deaths, according to the State Health Department.

Earlier, Banerjee had written to Prime Minister requesting him to reconsider the decision to allow 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in the coal sector. “I express my serious reservation on this policy announcement on cogent grounds. This policy can neither bring foreign direct investments nor can it bring technologies or know-how which we are unable to access today,” Banerjee wrote in her letter to Modi last night.

The chief minister also described the decision of the coal ministry to move the desk offices of four of its subsidiary companies from the state as an “abrupt decision” and requested the prime minister to intervene in the matter.

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