Good news for Mumbaikars! Railway Authorities moves proposal to restart Mumbai locals for all

Maharashtra Government has imposed lockdown restrictions till November 30 to prevent COVID-19 case rise

Under the phased relaxations offered by the state government in Mumbai, a proposal to kickstart city's lifeline, the local trains for commoners was initiated by the Railway Authorities on Thursday. Bringing respite to all people in the city who were restricted to commute via this means of transport.

Staggered timings, proper crowd dispersal at entry and exit points, wearing face masks and practicing social distancing are the only means of precautions and prevention and the strict imposition of these must be executed to deter the advent of the second wave of infection expected in the Winters. Besides this, in an emergency preventive protocol with respect to the COVID-19 case rise across Maharashtra, the state government has imposed the restricted guidelines of the lockdown till November 30 in the state.

Mumbai vs Coronavirus

An appeal to restart the suburban trains in the city of Mumbai was made by the railway authorities on Thursday, who have suggested to open the locals to all, under the guidelines of COVID-19 spread prevention. Adding on to this, the officials have further pointed put, that the locals will only be able to ferry about only 25% of its pre-COVID-19 load, maintaining adequate social distancing. In a letter to the state, the Railways have highlighted the fact that it can carry only 9.6 lakh commuters even if it is operated all 1367 suburban services on its Western line. The Central Railways, on the other hand, have a total of 1,776 services, the operations of which can only transport 12.4 lakh passengers. In the pre-COVID era, the Mumbai locals could carry around 80 lakh passengers a day.

Even at a lower capacity, the idea to open the trains for all have been accepted heartily by the people of Mumbai, especially the dabbawalas, whose business can revive by this move.

At the same time, this relief is eclipsed by the fact that most people do not wear a face mask, or wear one incorrectly. This heightens the chances of contaminations and spread of virus, and to control this, a fine of ₹200 would be levied on all passengers who do not wear a mask at the station and within the train.

The Maharashtra Government on Wednesday allocated the responsibility of collecting fines from violators to the GRP. The state administration and city municipal authorities along with the railway police need to ensure that all preventive protocol related to COVID-19's spread is followed to minimise the growth of virus among new hosts.

Lockdown Extends Till November 30

The Government has been awarding certain relaxations each month, under its initiative of 'Mission Begin Again'. However, with respect to the added surge of the coronavirus across Maharashtra, the state authorities have taken a decision under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the provisions of The Disaster Management Act, 2005 to extend the lockdown with current restriction, without any ease till November 30.

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