India: Decision to resume Mumbai local trains for all after December 15
Amid increasing apprehensions of a second wave of coronavirus outbreak in the state, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation recently informed that the civic body is mulling over resuming local trains for all after December 15.
However, the resumption depends on one major condition — controlling the spike of COVID-19 cases in the city. Stating that the coronavirus situation is in total control in the city, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal informed that experts have predicted a spike in the daily case count post Diwali for the next three weeks.
“If this spike gets averted, then we are planning to take a decision on resuming local trains for the general public after December 15,” Chahal said.
At present, local trains are accessible only to essential service workers, lawyers, teachers and women in general. However, as of yet, the railway authorities have permitted women to travel in trains on both Central Railway and Western Railway routes during non-peak hours — from 11 am to 3 pm and 7 pm onwards.
The Maharashtra government has also imposed restrictions on people travelling in the state from Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa, by road, trains or flights.