It was after a gap of about 320 days, the Railways permitted all members of the general public to travel in local trains in Mumbai , though for limited hours
The suburban trains, lifeline of Mumbai, will operate for people who are associated with the essential services for the next 15 days as Maharashtra government announced strict restrictions to stem the rising cases of covid-19 in the state.
"Local train and bus services for essential services only, petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue, hotel/ restaurants to remain closed only take-away, home deliveries allowed" said Uddhav Thackeray.
The government will only allow only ultra-essential manufacturers such as medical equipment providers and grocery stores to stay open from 8 pm. April 14 until 7 am. May 1. Banks, stock exchanges, telecom firms and the regulators will run, but every office that can shut or work from home should do so, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a televised address.
It was after a gap of about 320 days, the Railways permitted all members of the general public to travel in local trains in Mumbai , though for limited hours.
Help of local police is being taken to manage the crowd and all authorised entry/exit points and ticket counters have been opened for smooth conduct of the services, Central Railway's Chief Public Relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.
The general public is allowed to travel in the suburban trains from the time of start of services for the day till 7 am, from 12 noon to 4 pm, and from 9 pm till the closure of services for the day.
From 7 am to 12 noon and from 4 pm to 9 pm, only employees of the essential services and categories of commuters specified by the Maharashtra government and the Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in local trains.
The suburban train services, considered as the lifeline of Mumbai, were suspended on the midnight of March 22 last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak and gradually resumed from June 15.
After the resumption of local train services in June last year, initially, only essential and emergency services staff were allowed to travel in the suburban trains.
Later, various other categories of commuters, including women, were allowed during restricted hours.
Currently, a total of 2,985 local train services are being operated on the Mumbai suburban network.
These constitute about 95% of the total 3,141 services, which were being operated collectively by the Central Railway (CR) and the Western Railway (WR) before the coronavirus outbreak, railway officials said.
Out of these, 204 special suburban services were added on Friday, they said.
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