Central Railway and Western Railway will run suburban services in Mumbai on the 100 per cent capacity of the pre-pandemic degree from today i.e. October 28. However, the prevailing travel restrictions for most of the people will stay unchanged, as per an official launch. This choice was taken contemplating the elevated movement of commuters.
A joint assertion issued by the CR and WR clarified that solely classes recognized by the federal government as on date are permitted to travel as per the usual working procedures (SOP).
Central Railway and Western Railway will run 1,774 and 1,367 services, respectively, on their suburban community from October 28. The zonal railways used to operate these many services earlier than the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, Central Railway and Western Railway are working 1,702 and 1,304 suburban services, respectively, which is 95.70 per cent of the overall suburban services within the regular interval.
“The decision has been taken considering the increased flow of commuters in local trains,” Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of Central Railway had stated. “Though the number of suburban services will increase from Thursday, the existing travel restrictions on suburban locals will remain unchanged,” he added.
At current, solely the federal government staff and important services staffers are allowed to travel on the suburban locals, aside from the fully-vaccinated residents, who’ve accomplished the 14-day interval after the second dose and people who are beneath 18 years.
After the outbreak of the pandemic, the suburban services had been utterly stopped from March 22, 2020. Later railways started suburban services for important service classes as recognized by the Maharashtra authorities and accepted by the Ministry of Railways from June 15, 2020.
“The categories of commuters who were allowed by the state government and approved by the Ministry of Railways were subsequently enlarged in August 2021 and in recent weeks, to travel in suburban trains,” the assertion reads.
Suburban locals are thought-about the lifeline of Mumbai. Nearly 80 lakh passengers used to travel on the suburban locals earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.
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, 2021-10-28 07:53:17