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Heavy rain obstructs train services in Mumbai; thunderstorms & showers forecasted

Mumbai's local train service wore a dampened look on Monday morning amid intermittent bouts of heavy showers overnight. As per reports, severe cases of track washout with waterlogging, mud, slush and boulders obstructed the smooth running of suburban central locals in Titwala, Igatpuri and Ambernath-Lonavala section. Other trains of the central network along the Khardi, Umbermali and Kasara sections were also suspended on Wednesday night, in wake of intense rainfall activity.

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Intense showers waterlog Mumbai suburbs on Friday; forecasts raise caution for the city

Mumbaikars woke up to a washed Friday due to the heavy downpour that persisted through the night. Traffic in the MMR was thus faced with the hurdles of water-logged roads, especially in the low-lying regions of Dadar, Parel, Wadala and Sion, in central suburbs and Malad, Santacruz and Dahisar, on the western side.

While the rains hit the central suburban local train system too, causing delays over 30 minutes, operations along the Western Line were not disrupted. Flight services at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport also remained normal.

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QR code-based Universal Travel Passes to be issued for Mumbai locals, metro & monorail

Despite the pandemic restrictions, people have been using fake ID cards to commute through Mumbai local trains. In a bid to curb this blatant flouting of rules, the Maharashtra government along with the railway authorities, is introducing a Universal Travel Pass which shall be QR code-based. In the wake of the Delta Plus cases in the state, this restriction shall help in ensuring the safety of the citizens by keeping a check on the spread of this deadly contagion.

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QR code-based pass to be made compulsory once again, for traveling in Mumbai local trains

In an attempt to stagger crowds in Mumbai local trains, the Maharashtra Disaster Management Team has decided to reintroduce the QR code-based railway pass. This will simultaneously dissuade illicit travellers (those without local train travel permission) or those with face identity cards to board the trains. The Railways have stated that they have been working in association with the state government to facilitate the pass-service, with full support.

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