New Delhi: After nearly two months, both the Central and Western Railway resumed their Mumbai suburban services over main and harbour line from Monday. However, these suburban services will be strictly meant for ‘essential staff’ as identified by the state government. General passengers/public can not board the trains. The Maharashtra government has identified around 1.25 lakh commuters as essential service workers. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Total COVID Cases Cross 2.25 Lakh-mark, 219 Fresh Deaths
Western Railway to run 73 pairs of suburban services including 8 pairs between Virar and Dahanu Road. Central Railway,will run 200 services (100 up and 100 down)-130 services from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSMT) to Kasara/Karjat/Kalyan/Thane and 70 services from CSMT to Panvel. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Lockdown Extension News: Complete Shutdown in Ballia District Extended Till July 21
The trains will run from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm with an interval of 15 minutes. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Lockdown Extension News: Complete Shutdown For 3 Days | Know Here What’s Open, What’s Not
Read guidelines for passengers here:
Entry will be given at stations strictly through ID cards od essential staff as identified by the Maharashtra govt. Later, staff will be issued QR based E -passes which will also bear colour coding to enable swifter ticket checking.
To maintain the social distancing, only 700 people will be allowed to board a train with a seating capacity to accommodate about 1,200 persons.
Railways as well as the state governments will ensure multiple rounds of checking to ensure only essential staff as identified by the state fovt, should board these trains.
Only medically fit people will be allowed inside the trains. Those coming from containment zones will be barred.
Travelling authority will be applicable as per normal procedure over Western Railway and Central Railway for season tickets etc and certain booking windows will be opened for the same, on which respective staff will be facilitated on showing their government ID cards.
Notably, Maharashtra is the worst-affected state in India due to coronavirus or COVID-19. It has recorded 1,04,568 cases till Sunday night.