Mumbai: Some 36 lakh commuters are using Mumbai’s suburban train network every day after its services were thrown open to the general public with restricted timings on February 1 amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Tuesday. Also Read - Lockdown in Mumbai Again? Shiv Sena Warns Of Fresh Restrictions Amid Second Wave of COVID-19 in Maharashtra
The daily suburban train ridership comprises 19.30 lakh people on Central Railway and 16.50 lakh on Western Railway, they informed. Also Read - Mumbai Local Trains News: Final Decision on Lifting Timing Restrictions For General Public After Feb 20, Says BMC Official
Since February 1, CR has fined 2,060 passengers a cumulative sum of 1.21 lakh for not wearing masks while the figure of those penalised on WR was 2,558 and the amount was Rs 3.21 lakh, the official said. Also Read - Mumbai Local Trains: Restrictions For Commuters Likely to Continue as City Witnesses Rise in COVID Cases After Resumption of Suburban Services
“We just assisted the BMC in taking action against those traveling without masks,” said CR CPRO Shivaji Sutar.
Train services for the general public with restricted timings started on February 1 after a gap of 320 days, having been stopped in March 22 last year as the nation went into lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
From June, 15, it was thrown open for frontline and essential staff engaged in the fight against the outbreak.