Mumbai (Metro Rail News): If few reports are to be believed, the local trains in Mumbai may start from September 1. In March 2020, for the first time in 46 years, the sprawling Indian Railway network, including Mumbai’s lifeline, was completely shut down for over two months for all passengers to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
As of now, a limited number of suburban trains are operating in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region from June 14. However, only passengers who are engaged in essential services can use the services.
The government had identified over 125,000 employees who are part of the essential services of the state government. On an average, 85 lakhs passengers used to commute daily on the suburban networks spanning Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad during the Pre COVID days.
The state government recently took a decision of running sub urban trains during the Ganesh Festival and hopefully, it may open the local train network for all by September. The move is being seen as a protective shield for saving the economy from further deterioration.