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Mumbai Local Trains to remain closed for the general public during the next 3-4 weeks

Besides this, Mumbai's civic body has not imposed any other restrictions.

In a press conference, the Municipal Commissioner of the BMC stated that the local trains for the general public in the city of Mumbai will not resume until after 3-4 weeks. The official pointed out that the said period is critical for the city with respect to the growth and transmission of the coronavirus and all precautions need to be taken to placate any spike. He has also pointed out that any decision to resume locals for the general use of all will be taken after 3-4 weeks. Besides this, Mumbai's civic body has not imposed any other restrictions.

COVID-19 vs Mumbai Locals

Discouraged by the fresh rise of COVID-19 infection in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has taken a decision to further delay the resumption of Mumbai's lifeline, its local trains, for the general public. Mumbaikars now need to wait for 3-4 weeks to get BMC's final decision, with respect to public commute via the city's suburban railway system. This is primarily because the city's medical and administrative authorities have labelled this period as critical, anticipating a second wave of coronavirus.

BMC has also highlighted that no further relaxations or restrictions will imposed in the city, within this duration. The Municipal Commissioner elaborated that plans to reopen swimming pools, schools and local trains for the general public was in the civic body's pipeline, however, due to the increase in coronavirus cases in Mumbai, it will remain closed until further notice. At present Mumbai's COVID caseload stands at a soaring 2,77,453 mark and active cases in the city, are marked at h3,265 with the addition of 800 fresh cases on Monday.

The usual functioning of the Mumbai locals stopped with the imposition of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown in March, only to resume partially by June 15 for essential workers and police officials. Since then, it has adopted a graded format, to slowly resume usual operations. In a recent relief, teaching and non-teaching staff were granted permission to travel by Mumbai local trains, given the passengers carry authentic identity cards. Students appearing for Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education Examination too, were awarded the same relaxation, with their halls tickets authorizing entry at railway stations. This permission is valid until December 10.

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