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Students below the age of 18 allowed to travel in Mumbai local trains

Ushering in relief for students, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to let students under the age of 18 avail of various services in the state. As per the order issued on Thursday, students that are not eligible for vaccination will now be allowed to travel on the local trains. Apart from this, access to other facilities like entry into malls, multiplexes, temples (in certain districts), auditoriums, restaurants and wedding halls have also been granted to those who cannot take the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

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Mumbai's fourth 'local' railway line from Belapur to Uran to be functional by Sept '22

The Mumbai suburban railway network is set to grow bigger with the opening of the fourth railway line between Belapur and Uran, in September 2022. On Wednesday, the Central Railway announced that it is undertaking phase-2 constructions of this railway corridor, which is pegged to track out the first direct commute-line between Mumbai and Uran.

According to the project layout, the fourth line will also include linking nodes to the new Navi Mumbai International Airport and the Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port (JNPT). Reportedly, the first phase of the project to connect Belapur and Kharkopar through a 12.5km-long route was started in 2018.

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More trains to be added to Mumbai local's fleet to meet high travel demand

The Mumbai suburban train network resumed services for the general public (only fully vaccinated individuals) on Sunday. Reportedly, an increased number of locals have been deployed across the MMR, including the Western and Central Railway lines to meet an increased influx of passengers, effective from today. It may be noted that only those who comply with the norms of safe train travel and are in possession of a travel pass, will be permitted to board the trains.

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Fully vaccinated adults can now visit Mumbai malls from Sunday

As announced on Wednesday, Mumbai malls are set to open their doors for patrons at 50% capacity from August 15. In line with this, the state has clarified that people can visit malls, 14 days after they have gotten the second dose of the COVID-19 jab. Citizens up to 17 years of age will be permitted in malls even without the jab, since there is no provision to inoculate this population segment, the BMC Commissioner highlighted.

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Malls, eateries & other businesses to now operate till 10 PM in Maharashtra; check guidelines here

In a set of curfew relaxations awarded by the Maharashtra government, all malls, restaurants, bars, hotels, gymnasiums, salons, beauty parlours and other businesses, are now permitted to operate till 10 PM. This ease has been awarded in light of the dipping scale of the coronavirus infections and the overall well-being of the state. As recommended by the Maharashtra COVID-19 Task Force, these restructured guidelines are set to boost the economy - which has been reeling under the pressure of a series of pandemic lockdowns.

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