Allow General People In Local Trains, Maharashtra Govt Writes To Railways

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Sushant Ranjan

Pune, October 28, 2020: Maharashtra government has written to the railways requesting them to allow general public to travel on the local trains in a staggered manner. People who are not part of the essential services can be allowed to travel in the non-peak hours.

Kishore Raje Nimbalkar, Secretary, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Maharashtra State, today wrote to the General Managers of Central Railways and Western Railways, Mumbai.

“The state is looking to open up the local train services for general public while ensuring adherence to following of all COVID19 protocols”, the letter states.

The government has proposed following time slots to open up services in staggered manner:

The proposed time schedule will require increasing frequency of trains. Therefore, the state government has asked for inputs from the railways.

After getting the letter, the Railways issued a statement, “It is worth mentioning that currently, Railways are running 1410 special suburban services. As a part of the unanimously decided SOP, maximum of 700 passengers can be seated in a 12 car EMU rake as per social distancing norms against 1200 passengers who can be seated.Therefore,1410 services are running in  Mumbai Suburban section, having the total carrying capacity of approx. 9,80,000.
In this regard, it is clarified that Railways has always been ready to augment/enhance Suburban services keeping social distancing norms. We are working closely with Maharashtra  Govt. to provide additional services after consultation with them about necessary modalities accordingly.”

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