Mumbai Local Will Be Allowed For Teachers, Media Employees & General Public? Govt Responds..
With the number of Covid-19 cases dropping in Mumbai, residents of the city, including people from business, political and social spaces, have urged the state government to reopen local train services for more categories.
Currently, employees of state and central government, ports, cargo services, and electricity supply are allowed to travel in local trains, while everyone else is barred.
The state government has recently started issuing a ‘universal travel pass’, equipped with a QR code, which will keep a check on travelers using fake passes, amid the travel restrictions put up.
It has been reported on Friday that the Maharashtra government is considering opening local train services for a few more categories in the upcoming days.
Universal QR Pass Mandatory for Travelling in Locals
Residents of the city have been increasing the demands for reopening local train services to all, instead of only a given category of people.
Trak.in had earlier in July informed its readers of the state government’s announcement on introducing a QR-coded universal pass that would ease the whole travel experience for local train travelers, in addition to keeping a check on the issuance and usage of counterfeit train/metro tickets and passes.
You can learn in detail about the new universal pass here, along with the steps to apply for one in real-time.
The process of issuing universal passes to the employees currently allowed to commute through local trains has already started, adds the report by Hindustan Times.
Local Train Services Can be Started for More Categories
As per an official, teachers, media employees and few more categories are expected to be added to the list of the people allowed to travel in trains.
“The decision over allowing women in non-peak hours is also expected, but the final decision will be taken at a higher level”, added the newspaper daily.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray tweeted a letter written to state CM Uddhav Thackeray, demanding allowance of local train usage to the Mumbaikars who have taken both the doses of vaccine.
In a letter to the Chief Minister Shri. Uddhav Thackeray, we demand that those Mumbaikars who have taken both the doses of vaccine should be allowed to use the local train services. This will reduce their ongoing struggle to reach the workplace. @CMOMaharashtra pic.twitter.com/k1l05tgs3m— Raj Thackeray (@RajThackeray) July 22, 2021
The report also adds that the Maharashtra government is mulling over lifting restrictions on shops, malls and restaurants.