However, a gap of 14 days is imperative between the second dose and the date of travel.
Mumbai's suburban train network, the locals, will soon be able to ferry fully vaccinated passengers. In a televised address to the state on Sunday, Maharashtra CM announced that the people who have received both doses of COVID vaccines, will be eligible for local train travel. However, a gap of 14 days is imperative between the second dose and the date of travel. As of now, only those who are engaged in essential businesses are permitted to use the local trains.
Get vaccinated & travel in locals
In a set of relaxations granted by the state of Maharashtra on Sunday, the scope of local train commute in Mumbai and satellite areas, has widened. However, the ease has been awarded with an underlined warning, regarding the case surge. The public has been urged to not let their COVID precautions falter and invite another pandemic wave. A lockdown will be imposed again if the cases rise, he added.
For authorised local train travel, passengers will have to update their vaccination status on an app launched by the administration. People can take passes from this application itself or the offices, the CM said. Passengers who do not have a smartphone can take photo passes from municipal ward officers or suburban railway stations.
These QR-coded passes will verify the authenticity of the passengers. People are encouraged to get vaccinated and travel rather than obtaining these passes illegally, the CM added in his statement.
BEST buses to restart feeder services
In a bid to improve last-mile connectivity with the resumption of local trains, the BEST on Sunday, announced the return of 'feeder buses' across Mumbai. Feeder buses are those vehicles that ferry passengers from railway stations to pockets at the far west or east regions, to bolster commuter convenience in a seamless manner.
Besides this, several short-distance buses will also be introduced in place of other long-distance services. This development has been provisioned in line with reported commuter behaviour, which states that about 60% of the passengers prefer to travel in buses on short routes. Reportedly, the new fleet will run along 7 hubs in the city, which will smoothen the overall travel here.
Mumbai, do not let your guard down!
Meanwhile, a decision regarding relaxations in malls, restaurants and more, will be announced after a review meeting of the state and COVID task force on Monday, the CM announced. He emphasised the need to strictly follow all COVID-related norms. The state has not achieved full recovery from the second wave while the brewing threat of a third wave only adds to the concern, he said.
On Sunday, Mumbai's caseload surged by 307 new infections. With this, the aggregate tally of the Maximum City clocked at 7,37,497 infections as yet. Around 186 recoveries were noted in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall recovery to 7,14,501 cases. At present, the city is nursing about 4,645 active coronavirus cases. The death toll, on the other hand, stands at 15,951 fatalities, the second highest in Maharashtra.