The West Bengal government has pleaded the Ministry of Railways on Friday to resume metros and local train services in the state in a restricted manner, maintaining physical distancing among passengers.

State home secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay sent a letter to the ministry late on Friday intimating the state government’s views.

“This is to bring to your notice that state government is of the view that metro and local train services can be resumed in Bengal in a limited manner maintaining the norms of physical distancing and health hygiene protocols,” Bandyopadhyay wrote in the letter.

On Wednesday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee stated that the state has no issues if local train and metro rail services are resumed. She even allowed reopening of flight services from multiple cities to Kolkata that had been suspended since July 6.

“From September 1, flight services to Kolkata from the six cities may resume and can operate on three days,” Banerjee said after a cabinet meeting.

Flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad were stopped from July 6 as the state government took the initiative to curtail the spread of corona virus. The dates were extended multiple times.

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