The lifeline of Mumbai the ‘local train’ is back on track and is up and running from Monday. After over 2 months of the lockdown, the local rail service began. However, this would not be available for all the people. Maharashtra is one of the worst-hit and in the state, Mumbai is severely hit by COVID-19.
Thus, only essential service workers who find it difficult to commute would be allowed to board the local. “Western Railway has decided to resume their selected suburban services over WR w.e.f. Monday, 15th June 2020 with defined protocol & SOP, only for movement of essential staff as identified by the State Government” read a tweet from Western Railway.
Western Railway will run 73 pairs of suburban services including 8 pairs between Virar and Dahanu Road. The trains would run from 5.30 am to 11.30 pm with interval of around 15 minutes. A total of 200 train services will run from Monday. Seating capacity per train would be restricted to 700 as usual of 1200 in normal days.
Around 1.25 lakh employees of essential services of state government are expected to travel. Entry will be given at stations through ID cards of employees. Meanwhile, Delhi metro which has also received demands for such operations has not responded to this.