The Western and Central Railway, resumed local train services for selected suburban areas.
The services resumed for people who are identified by the State Government as ”essential staff.’
The selected trains would run from 5:30 A.M., to 11:30 P.M. Each train would run with an interval of approximately 15 minutes.
According to the Western Railway, 73 pairs of suburban services, including eight pairs between Virar and Dahanu Road, would run from today.
Approximately 1.25 lakh employees of essential services identified by the State Government would commute by these special limited services. Tickets can be booked by showing government identification cards.
However, employees from containment zones and one who are medically unfit would not be allowed to travel through special trains.
There would be no hawkers or vendors inside the station and car parking would also be prohibited within 150 metres of distance from stations.
The Western and the Central Railways ensured social distancing as only 700 passengers would be allowed in a train which usually carried 1,200 passengers.
Speaking about more trains, the Western Railways said they are planning to resume services on CR which would include 200 trains (100 up and 100 down.) Out of the total, 130 would run between Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Kasara/Karjat/Kalyan/Thane, 70 trains would run between CSMT and Panvel.
In a release, the Railways spoke about the. Timings of the additional trains, which is yet to resume. The release read, “The arrival and departure train timings arriving at CSMT suiting to the duty shifts i.e. 7 hrs, 9 hrs, 10 hrs, 15 hrs, 21 hrs, 23 hrs. Departing from CSMT suiting to the duty shifts i.e. – 7 hrs, 9hrs, 15 hrs, 18 hrs, 21 hrs, 23 hrs.”
Meanwhile, Maharashtra is one of the worst COVID-19 hit areas with 1,01,141 positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus.
Out of the total, 53,017 are active cases, 50,978 recovered/discharged and 3,950 deceased.
Mumbai itself reported 50% of the total cases of Maharashtra. Mumbai has a total of 58,226 cases of the Novel Coronavirus.
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