Mumbai Local Trains Will Be Opened For All; Maharashtra CM Meets Railways, Healthcare Officials
Everyone knows how dependent the citizens of Mumbai are on the local trains for commuting within the city. And there is a good news for Mumbaikars – the Government of Maharashtra has plans to resume local trains for everyone now.
News is that Mumbai locals services will resume operations on all lines from January 29 onwards.
As of now, only certain categories of passengers have been allowed to travel through the Mumbai local trains. This includes those providing essential services and women.
Will the Mumbai local services be open for all? Read on to find out the entire news!
Mumbai Local To Resume Operations Soon: Chief Minister’s Office
A statement has been issued by the chief minister’s office that states that multiple options are being discussed allowing all passengers to travel through the local trains. It states that the risk of the disease hasn’t ended yet and the meeting discussed the possibilities and aspects to take the idea forward.
A senior state government official has also revealed that the government is working on various models for resuming operations of the locals. He said, “May be, initially access to all will be restricted to only non-peak hours. A decision will be taken soon.”
A high level meeting was held by the chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray yesterday, which was attended by key officials of railways, municipal corporations, and the health department.
Railway Administration To Make A Decision After State Government’s Proposal
Sanjeev Mittal, General Manager, Central Railway has assured that the railway administration will make a decision based on the state government’s proposal.
He said, “If the general public were to be permitted to travel, a pro proposal is expected from the state government. We will send the proposal to the Railway Board for approval. Only then local services will be run for all.”
As per reports, the local train services will be opened up to only those who have been allowed by the Ministry of Railways and state government. Also, people have been requested to not rush to the stations.
Additionally, passengers have told to follow all the guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are related to COVID-19 so as to limit the spread of the disease. These SOPs should be followed during the boarding, travel, and at the destination.