Students appearing for Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Education examinations, along with other teaching and non-teaching staff, are now permitted to travel in the Mumbai locals. Students must carry their hall tickets and identity cards are also mandatory. The permission has been granted effective immediately and is valid till December 10.
Mumbai Locals open up for Students
Relief shines upon Mumbai students appearing for upcoming exams who were worried about travel amid virus outbreak and the consequent ban on travel through the local trains. In a joint press statement released by the Central and Western Railways on Friday, students, teaching and non-teaching staff of city schools were given access to the locals.
The Railways has authorised, authentic identity cards and hall tickets for entering the train stations. All travellers have to comply with the norms of social distancing and other safety norms to minimise the threat of infection spread at stations or during the journey in the trains.
The lifeline of Mumbai, its local trains operate in Mumbai and surrounding areas, easing connectivity and reducing commute time considerably. However, the state had shut down these services, with the imposition of the nationwide lockdown in March, only to resume it on June 15 partially for essential workers and government employees. Since then, the services are opening in a graded, gradual manner to correspond with the phased 'unlocking' process.
Earlier on November 13, the Indian Railways had permitted the teaching and non-teaching staff of Mumbai schools to board the local trains, amid the raging pandemic and its partial resumption.