No metro resumption in Maharashtra as more economic activities open up

The state government has decided to impose restrictions on the metro services as well as large public gatherings and congregations will be barred.

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Mumbai ( Metro Rail News ) – The Local trains along with Metro rail services will continue to remain suspended in Maharashtra. The state government has decided to impose restrictions on the metro services as well as large public gatherings and congregations will be barred.

After two days of announcement by the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide major relaxations through Unlock 4.0, Maharashtra — the worst affected state by COVID-19 , has decided against the resumption of suburban rail services for the general public and Metro rail services.

The August 29 Union Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines had asked states to allow resumption of Metro rail services “in a graded manner” from September 7. The Railways had also indicated that it was ready to resume suburban rail operations for the Mumbai Metropolitan Area if the state government requested for it.

Maharashtra’s new guidelines have opened the doors for more people to attend offices. From September 2, private offices across the state will be permitted to operate with 30 per cent strength as against the 10 per cent allowed previously.

In government offices, senior officials (class A and class B) will be required to be present in offices on all working days, while the attendance of lower-level staffers in MMR and the rest of the state will be 30 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively.

Anticipating more people outdoors due to the relaxations, the government has permitted “passenger movement by private buses and mini buses for which the transport department will issue independent SOPs”, the guideline said.

Acting on the Centre’s directive, the government has also lifted all curbs on inter-district travel. “There shall be no restrictions on inter-district movement of persons or goods, including those for cross border land trade. No separate permission, approval or e-permit will be required for vehicles,” the guideline said.

Offices have been asked to run elaborate sensitisation programmes on measures that employees should take after returning home from work to avoid a spread of infection among family members.

It was earlier reported by Metro Rail News that the Maharashtra government is in no mood to open up metros. According to sources, it will take a long time for the metro services to resume in the Maharashtra.

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