The Ministry of Railways, on Thursday, announced that all passengers in possession of a valid and confirmed long-distance rail ticket can now travel in Mumbai locals. This ease has been granted to the travellers based on a proposal which was drafted regarding the same on December 15 by the Maharashtra government. Now passengers can easily reach their boarding station, anywhere in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, via the suburban train network.
Local Trains in Mumbai open for long-distance travellers
As per the joint press release, issued by the Western and Central Railway, passengers who have a valid and confirmed ticket for any outstation train are allowed to buy a non-return local train ticket. This permission of travel has further been extended to 6 hours prior and after the time of the journey, to facilitate easier commute to the travellers.
As of now, only select categories of people are allowed to travel by the Mumbai Locals, which partially resumed services in July after a 4-month hiatus due to nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Since then, the locals have opened in a graded manner to ferry essential workers, government employees, lawyers and women. Mumbai locals are currently shouldering about 45% of its total passenger-load before lockdown. Besides this, entry into the stations is authorised by valid identity cards of those permitted by the state. The government has also introduced a QR code reader at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and 14 suburban railway stations in Mumbai to strictly administer this protocol.
Mumbai Locals for General Public
Earlier this week, the state had also proposed resumption of local services for the general public by January 2021. According to the Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister, the state has tabled a proposition regarding the same which also highlights the safety of the travellers, by the assertion of public safety norms.