Lifeline of Mumbai, i.e. the local train, will resume its services for the general public from today i.e.February 1. However, the general public can avail the service only in specific time slots determined by the state government. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mumbai’s local train services were discontinued for non-essential workers from March; 2020.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that the local train services will be started for everyone from Monday (February 1). According to the state government officials, local trains for the general public will operate only in scheduled duration decided by the state authorities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only special categories like women and those providing essential services/frontline workers were allowed to travel in the local trains with special passes.
The general public can board the local train before 7 in the morning, after which, up to noon, i.e. 7 A.M. to noon only essential services/frontline workers will be allowed to board the local. Further, for the evening slot, noon to 4 P.M. is the time slot allotted for the general public. Similarly, for the night, the general public can travel from 9 P.M. up to the closure of the local services on that day. The state government has already informed the Central Railway about this decision via a formal letter.
Earlier on October 16; 2020, the Maharashtra government had requested the Indian Railways to allow women passengers to use the local train service during non-peak hours (11 A.M. to 3 P.M. and 7 P.M. till the end of that particular day).