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.
How will the Universal Travel Pass work?
Post a much-awaited relief from the second wave of the pandemic, local train services in Mumbai were opened for essential and emergency workers with valid ID proofs only. However, even those who are not permitted to use the services yet have been travelling using fake ID cards.
Hence, QR code-based Universal Travel Pass shall be issued and this new system will help BMC keep a track of people travelling in trains. Universal Travel Pass shall also be valid for Mumbai Metro and monorail. Further, it will have 'degrees', in accordance with Maharashtra's five-level unlocking plan, depending on which the individual is allowed to travel.
Those with Degree 5 cards (i.e., level 5 restrictions which effectively means no restriction) will be allowed to travel always. Degree 4 card possessors can travel in areas under levels 4, 3, 2 or 1 of the unlock restrictions. Similarly, a person with Degree 3 pass will only be allowed to travel if restrictions are of levels 1,2 or 3- so on and so forth. Mumbai is currently under level 3 restriction so the degree cards shall be issued accordingly.
How to register for the Universal Travel Pass?
It has been reported that only establishments can register for these passes and they have to apply for them on the website of the Disaster Management and Relief Fund Rehabilitation Department (DMRFD) of Maharashtra. Once on the portal, click on 'register your establishment' and it shall ask for further details like address, registration number, co-ordinator contact number and the number of staff who need the pass, among other things.
These applications shall be reviewed manually by the District Disaster Management Authority. Post-approval, the establishment registering themselves can log in using the mobile phone number and upload individual details of the staff who would be requiring the travel pass.
Details of the staff that are required include the person's name, ID, mobile number, gender, age, department and designation. Once the information is uploaded, staff members will receive a confirmation SMS after which they can log in using their mobile numbers and download their individual travel passes, after uploading their photographs.