Mission Begin Again: Markets will open for longer, private, government libraries unlocked
Under the new relaxations offered by the State Government's 'Mission Begin Again' in the month of October, the Mumbai Metro is all set to restart its passenger services from October 19 after inspections and trial-runs, with an SOP in order. The metro services will resume after a lockdown period of 8 months which was imposed to arrest the spread of coronavirus.
Mumbai Metro restarts on Monday
@MumMetro is thankful to Government of Maharashtra for allowing metro operations. We have already initiated safety inspections and trial runs, and are set to restart passenger operations from Monday, 19th October 2020, 8:30 am. #MissionBeginAgain #HaveANiceDay
— Mumbai Metro (@MumMetro) October 14, 2020
The Maharashtra Government affirmed the resumption of the Mumbai Metro yesterday, allowing the public transport to relay passengers from October 15 in a graded manner. Soon after the announcement, the Mumbai Metro tweeted thanking the authorities for their assent and further announced that the services will reopen from October 19, at 8:30 am.
Shut since the imposition of the Nation-wide Lockdown 1.0 on March 25, the Mumbai metro rail service will hit the tracks after a period 8 long months. The Urban Development Authority has been vested with the responsibility of drafting a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the same.
This decision paves way for easier commute in the city which has been handicapped with the restricted use of the Mumbai locals. While the city's suburban train system re-opened in the month of June itself, it is currently only ferrying people involved in essential businesses, Mumbai's dabbawalas and staff of foreign consulates and high commissions. Around 194 new trains will join the fleet starting today to avoid over-crowding inside the trains and at the stations during rush hours.
Other Relaxations offered:
The government of Maharashtra has also green flagged many other activities to restore normalcy to the Capital and State. As per the guidelines, the administration has approved the opening of all private and government libraries from October 15 with the imposition of strict COVID-19 prevention protocols. Business to business exhibitions, outside containment zones, will be allowed to reopen today onwards.
Local weekly bazaars, along with those of animals, will also be allowed to reopen outside containment zones. The working hours of all markets and shops have been exceeded by 2 additional hours, till 9 pm to prevent crowding at peak hours.
The mandatory COVID checking and stamping for tests at Railway Stations and Airports have also been scrapped. Domestic travellers will no longer be stamped with indelible ink for coronavirus testing at any transport terminal.
Still Under Lockdown
All schools, colleges and other educational institutes will remain shut till the end of October. However, 50% of the teaching, non-teaching staff can be called to schools for online teaching from October 15. Cinema halls, gyms, religious places will continue to remain shut. Marriages and other family functions have been restricted with a guest list that does not exceed the tally of 50 attendees. This number has been further diminished to 20 for funerals and last rites.