Earlier, women passengers in Mumbai were permitted to travel by local trains under the mission 'Begin Again', in October.
Since the third week of October, the Railways has allowed women to travel in local trains in Mumbai but it was observed that many were boarding the trains along with their children. So in order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, especially amidst the young ones, the Indian Railways has emphasized on the fact that ladies are not allowed to carry their children along. The scenario of coronavirus cases in the city is deteriorating at an alarming rate with a tally of 2,83,467 confirmed cases and 15,473 active cases.
Women allowed to travel in local trains during a specified time period
The decision was reiterated after many women were found carrying their children in local trains and further, Indian Railways has allowed ladies to travel in locals, only between 11 AM to 3 PM and after 7 PM till the last train. The rule is applicable on both Central and Western Railway routes. Additionally, as a measure to stop children from entering the local trains, RPF (Railway Protection Force) will be positioned at each entry gate.
Earlier, women passengers in Mumbai were permitted to travel by local trains under the mission 'Begin Again', in October. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation may also implement the idea of resuming local trains for the general public after December 15, however, the decision depends on being able to control the surge in coronavirus cases in the financial capital of India.
'Spot-testing' in Mumbai
In order to keep a check on the number of increasing COVID-19 victims, BMC had earlier announced 'spot testing' across all major railway stations in Mumbai. Passengers traveling to Mumbai from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa, need to submit a RT-PCR negative report, tested within 96 hours, before the arrival of the train at the destination.