Indian Railways has advised the passengers availing the special trains that started operating on Tuesday to install the government's Aarogya Setu application. It has now made it "mandatory" to do so. The guidelines issued by the railways for the 15 special trains running between Delhi and major cities of the country did not say installing the mobile app was mandatory. However, a late-night (12:24 am) tweet by the railway ministry made it compulsory.
"Indian Railways is going to start a few passenger train services. It is mandatory for passengers to download Aarogya Setu app in their mobile phones, before commencing their journey," the Indian Railways said in a tweet. Meanwhile, the sources said that it was made mandatory after a Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) missive, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's video conference meeting with the chief ministers.
The Passengers, who do not have the app installed on their mobile phones, might be asked to do so after their arrival at the railway station, they added. However, there is still no clarity yet on if and how the app will be enforced, the officials said. The Supreme Court, in a directive, said that making it mandatory is illegal.
As per the report, the Aarogya Setu app has been installed on around 9.8 crore smartphones so far and is used by the government for the contact-tracing and disseminating medical advisories to users in an order to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also said that installing the mobile app will be a must for those living in the COVID-19 containment zones.