Mumbai : Local train services in the state capital, Mumbai are likely to resume from January 1, 2021. Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, the Maharashtra minister and Congress leader, Vijay Waddetiwar said that the government is contemplating resuming train services and is making appropriate arrangements for the same.
On the other hand, the BMC commissioner, Iqbal Singh Chahal had said that a decision on allowing the general public to travel by suburban local trains will be taken after the New Year celebrations. “If the Covid-19 spike gets averted, then we are planning to take a decision on resuming local trains for the general public,” he said.
Although almost all activities have been opened in phases after the lockdown, Mumbai local train services are not resumed at full capacity as yet. The absence of services for common people have not only caused a lot of inconvenience, but has also put a financial burden as people have to travel by private cabs or by road which incurs a huge expenditure.
Initially, the government allowed local services only for those who fall in the category of essential services. Later, the permission was extended to all ladies at select times during the day, and then to lawyers working in MMR region courts.
The commuters association too demanded that trains should be started for all as it also impacts the treatment of those who are ill and their family members as several people travel to the city from afar. To avoid the spread of COVID, railway authorities have also urged passengers who have been permitted to travel in suburban trains to follow medical and social protocols as mandated for COVID-19. Antigen test facilities have also been started at many stations.
Waddetiwar said that the situation of Maharashtra and Mumbai is slowly coming back on track. It may take some time, and there won’t be any problem in resumption of Mumbai local trains from January 1, 2021, he said. The minister also said that the city is currently stuck due to lack of local train services.