The Mumbai suburban train system resumed services on February 1 for all commuters, after almost 11 months of lockdown due to the coronavirus. Called 'the lifeline of Mumbai', the local trains have quickly picked up momentum, easing travel for as many as 3.7 million commuters every day. While the city gets back on track, plying on its locals, authorities need to prepare systems of COVID-control to eliminate any scope of an unprecedented increase in cases.

Mumbai returns to a new normal

Mumbai city's locals first faced shut down with the advent of coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, only to resume later for a certain category of commuters to honour the norms of social distancing during the pandemic. While new trains and relaxations were offered in a gradual-graded format, travel for all commuters was flagged off only recently by state authorities, on February 1.

Even now, the commute for the general public is sanctioned only in 3 non-peak hour slots, in view of the coronavirus spread.These slots set ticking from 12 PM to 4 PM, during the day, followed by travel after 9 PM until the last service at night. In the morning, the general public will be allowed to travel in the local trains before 7 AM.

However, escalation of ridership has circumvented the travel and time restrictions as more people choose the convenience of local trains every day. As per daily statistics, the Central line ferries over 2 million travellers, while 1.7 million commuters avail the Western railway services, corresponding close to its pre-COVID-era standards and ridership.

Local travel vs COVID spread

Designed to keep the locals vacant for essential service providers during peak hours, from 7 AM to 12 PM and then in the evening from 4 PM to 9 PM, the measures taken by the state and railways will keep the travel crowd-free. Authorities have also appealed to the offices in Mumbai to adopt staggered attendance or slots, which will facilitate easier and safer travel.

Besides, constructive and concrete travel protocols need to be established in Mumbai to ensure that train travel doesn't flame up the contagious spread of COVI-19 once again.

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