Mumbai’s local trains may resume services from September 1: Report
- In March, for the first time in 46 years, the sprawling Indian Railway network, including Mumbai's lifeline, was completely shut down for over two months.
- As of now, a limited number of suburban trains are running in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region from June 14.
- However, only passengers who are engaged in essential services can use the service.
According to a media report, local trains in Mumbai may start from September 1. In March, for the first time in 46 years, the sprawling Indian Railway network, including Mumbai's lifeline, was completely shut down for over two months for all passengers to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
As of now, a limited number of suburban trains are operating in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region from June 14. However, only passengers who are engaged in an essential service can use the services. The list of essential services did not include bank employees or media persons.
The government identified over 125,000 employees who are part of the essential services of the state government. Before this lockdown, on an average, over 8.5 million passengers commuted daily on the suburban networks spanning Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad. Moreover, no food and other stalls were allowed to open at the railway station, and Railways Protection Force was deployed to impose strict social distancing norms.
Recently, the Uddhav Thackeray government allowed accredited journalists to travel by suburban trains using a QR code.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is likely to release new guidelines on August 31. These guidelines may have provision to open Delhi’s metro network — which connects it to Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad — too. Schools, colleges, universities, and cinema halls may not be allowed to open even after August 31.
This comes as India records more than 32 lakh coronavirus cases in the country and has a recovery rate of 75.97%.
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)
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