In a major relief for the Mumbai local trains travellers, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started issuing travel passes for local trains’ commuters in the Mumbai region. The Mumbai local train passes are only for those who have taken both doses of COVID-19.
The passes will only be issued after verification of the vaccination status as per the BMC announcement. On Sunday, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that any person who has completed 14 days after getting the Covid-19 second dose will be allowed to board suburban trains from August 15.
Steps To Get Mumbai Local Train Passes
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation released a notification saying that one that needs a pass must carry a hard copy of the COVID-19 vaccination final certificate and a photo ID for verification. The release also said that “Those eligibles after verification will be allowed to travel from August 15, 2021, onwards.
Moreover, 358 help desks will also be set up at 53 railway stations falling under the BMC’s jurisdiction.
56 suburban stations
In addition, to help desks, BMC will also be set up at 56 suburban stations, falling in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region by the respective authorities says BMC. These help desks will operate from 7 Am to 11 Pm.
Fake vaccination certificates
The BMC warned commuters against providing fake vaccination certificates to obtain passes. The body said that strict legal action will be taken if anyone is caught in this case. The civic body said that “The offline process of issuing monthly season passes will continue on all seven days of the week till further orders and therefore people need not rush to the railway stations.”
No entry if no pass
If a person failed to provide any one of the two documents — vaccination certificate and photo ID, then he/she will be denied entry at the railway station. The civic staff available at the help desk will verify the Final Vaccination Certificate (Second Dose) on the Cowin app.
“Once the verification is completed and both the documents are found to be valid, the certificate and the identification proof will be stamped in the prescribed format,” the BMC said. These stamped covid certificates will be submitted at the ticket counter to get the pass.