WR has already established 2 new offices at Mumbai's Virar and Santacruz area.
Although we're being advised to maintain a distance of 6 feet, Mumbai's crammed public transport paints a different picture. Keeping that in consideration, the Western Railways on Monday, became the first-ever government organization to administer staggered office timings. As per reports, 22,000 railway employees will be working in two shifts- from 8 AM and 2 PM. The authorities are also planning on opening up 2 new offices in a week's time to solve transport issues faced by the staff. This will help in preventing overcrowding problems in its two existing offices at Churchgate and Bombay Central.
Only 10% of staff to work in each satellite office
WR has decided upon 2 shifts- the 1st one starts from 8 AM and lasts till 2 PM and the 2nd one will commence at 2 PM and conclude at 8 PM. Furthermore, WR has already established 2 new offices at Mumbai's Virar and Santacruz area and they are further chalking out plans to set-up 2 other satellite offices in Thane or Kalyan. Initially, concerns were raised by employees and different workers' unions about the safety quotient and travelling issues being faced by the staff.
This venture has now been undertaken to ensure that the employees of the Mumbai Division of Western Railways can visit the offices closer to their homes. This move is majorly aimed at reducing the load in local trains. Moreover, the WR had earlier had made a decision to run 150 additional services throughout the day. From the previous count of 350, now the daily number of trips have been increased to 500. Currently, each local train is carrying a maximum of 700 passengers as opposed to the former tally of 1200-1300 and WR is also running 506 local trains for essential service employees.