Mumbai Locals May Start From January Onwards

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MUMBAI (Metro Rail News):  Local trains in Mumbai may start from January 1, Maharashtra minister Vijay Waddetiwar said on Tuesday. He said that the government is thinking on those lines and appropriate arrangements have been made. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently informed that it was mulling over resuming local train services and a decision will be taken after December 15.
“If the Covid-19 spike gets averted, then we are planning to take a decision on resuming local trains for the general public after December 15,” BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal had said.
“The government is not in favour of imposing a night curfew because it creates panic among people. Hence it has decided to wait and watch till December 25,” Mr Chahal was stated saying. The Mumbai local was opened to people in essential services on June 15 after being shut due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Instead of the usual 1,200 passengers, the trains were carrying only 700 essential service providers in order to maintain social distancing norms.
Workers considered to be essential service providers were allowed to travel in local trains with identity cards. Later, the BMC had issued an electronic pass with a quick response (QR) code in an attempt to ensure less crowding in the trains.
Under the ‘Begin Again’ Mission, the Maharashtra government in October-end had permitted all women to travel by the locals. Earlier, only women working in essential services and government offices were allowed to travel. 

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