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Mumbai AC locals resume operations after 7-month suspension, ridership exceeds 300 passengers

The Mumbai locals are slowly and steadily gaining momentum amid the coronaviurs pandemic and with the resumption of 10 AC locals on Thursday, a new normal was achieved by the Railway authorities. Within one day of re-start, the AC local ridership tally stands at 310, with 300 season pass holders and 10 with journey tickets. Besides these, the Western and Central Railways resumed 194 and 28 additional suburban trains respectively boosting the efficiency of city commute.

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Back on tracks: Mumbai Metro to resume operations from Monday, October 19

Under the new relaxations offered by the State Government's 'Mission Begin Again' in the month of October, the Mumbai Metro is all set to restart its passenger services from October 19 after inspections and trial-runs, with an SOP in order. The metro services will resume after a lockdown period of 8 months which was imposed to arrest the spread of coronavirus.

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Mumbai to get 150 more suburban train services from Monday

Mumbai will get additional 150 suburban trains on the Western Railway (WR) which will ease the commuting travails for office goers and those in essential services permitted by the Maharashtra government, officials said in Mumbai on Sunday.

With this, the number of WR suburban services will shoot up from 350 to 500 daily, while the Central Railway is already running 355 services. This works out to 855 services daily - or barely one-third of the regular 2,300-plus suburban services that was the norm before the lockdown in March-end.

With the increase in services, the government permitted 10 per cent of key employees of private and cooperative banks to commute by local trains, in addition to essential staff of public sector banks, various government departments, aircraft maintenance staffers and lawyers who have been allowed so far.

The selected 10 per cent staff will require QR ID codes from the government which along with a valid identity card to commute after buying tickets/passes, said an official.

To avoid overcrowding and maintain physical distance, the WR and CR will open additional ticket booking counters at major stations on the suburban section which spans across Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad.

Presently, many office-goers, especially those from Thane, Palghar and Raigad who commute to their workplaces in Mumbai are forced to travel at least 6 hours daily owing to huge traffic snarls on main roads and the two highways serving the country's commercial capital.

Moreover, despite the restricted categories allowed to commute by local trains, there is overcrowding during the morning-evening peak hours making a sham of the physical distancing norms.

- With inputs from IANS

Mumbai deals with volatile rise in COVID cases, average daily tally shoots over 2085 cases in one week

Mumbai has been generating high numbers of fresh tallies in the city over increased and improved testing and these numbers have escalated to a huge tally of 1,72,010 infection cases since its outbreak. Though the officials claim to have complete control over the case rise, which allegedly is a direct consequence of rapid testing, the acute shortage of hospital beds in the city narrate a different tale. Dealing with as many as 6973 active cases in the last week, the city is also carrying the load of neighbouring suburban districts that are flocking to the city for expert care and supervision.

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JEE and NEET aspirants allowed for travelling in Mumbai special suburban trains on exam days

With the permission of the Union Ministrt of Health Affairs, the Indian Railways have opened up the services of the Mumbai suburban rail network of Western and Central lines to facilitate easier travel to JEE Main and NEET exam candidates and their guardians on exam dates. JEE exams have been scheduled till September 6, while NEET has been slated for September 13.

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