Finally, after a span of over two months, Mumbai’s lifeline is back on ‘track’. The Western Railway and Central Railway recommenced their services over mainline and Harbour line on Monday. These suburban services will not be for general passengers but only for essential staff as recognised by the government. The state administration has identified around 1.25 lakh essential staff.
The Western Railway on its Twitter handle said, “Western Railway have 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.”
Both the networks of the railway that is Western and Central have decided to operate trains from 5.30 am to 11.30 with a gap of 15 minutes.
The Central Railway has also restarted the services for the essential workers. Nearly 130 trains will operate from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Karjat, Kasara, Thane and Kalyan.
Keeping norms of social distancing in mind, only 700 people will be allowed to board a train with a seating volume to house about 1,200 travellers.
The window for booking tickets will be opened, on which only respective staff will be enabled on showing their government ID cards.
Railway officials stated that many checks will take place to ensure only officials involved in essential services and healthcare workers known by the state and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), are permissible to travel. The WR and CR have ordered strict imposition of "no hawker and no parking zone" in station circulating area at 150 metres.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reported 1,395 coronavirus cases with 79 fatalities were reported. Also, Maharashtra continues to witness a rise in COVID-19 cases as 3,390 new cases were reported on Sunday, taking the total to 1,07,958.