From February 1, the services will be open for all, but it won’t be the same as it was before March 2020.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma, SNN, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 03:49 PM IST
The Uddhav Thackeray government has decided to make Mumbai’s lifeline local trains accessible for the general public from February. The Mumbai suburban trains have been running on track since June last year after its operations were stopped due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. However, the initial services of the trains were only for essential workers. From February 1, the services will be open for all, but it won’t be the same as it was before March 2020. Several time restrictions will be imposed to manage the crowd.
1. The general public is allowed to travel through the Mumbai locals only in three time slots.
2. General public will be allowed from the start of the first local till 7am, then from 12pm till 4pm, and after 9pm till the last time of the service.
3. During the rush hours from 7am to 12pm and 4pm to 9pm, the services of local trains will only be available for essential workers.
4. The state government has also asked offices to schedule staggered working hours to make services available for the staff as well as to avoid overcrowding.
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5. The shops and restaurants in Mumbai have also been allowed to operate from 11 pm to 1am, however with a limit of 30 per cent on the staff.
6. The authorities have also requested the public to strictly stick to the SOPs pertaining to Covid-19 rules for travel.
The Western railways have planned restoration of all train services from Friday with 1,367 trains running on tracks with Central Railways beginning its 1,685 trains today.
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