Facing problems in monitoring people at multiple entry-exit points: Maha govt tells Bombay HC on local train services
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Advocate General of Maharashtra, AA Kumbhakoni, on Monday, told the Bombay High Court that the state government is facing problems while monitoring people at multiple entry and exit points.

The response came while the Bombay High Court the submissions of Advocate General of State of Maharashtra on the running of local train services in Mumbai amid COVID-19 pandemic.

"Large number of people travel without Identity Cards and tickets, leading to a huge revenue loss. The problem is of monitoring. It is difficult to monitor the multiple entry and exit points," Advocate General told the Bombay High Court.

Responding to Advocate General, the Bombay High Court bench headed by CJ Dipankar Datta, said "we agree that it is going to be a challenge. A very effective machinery is needed." The bench suggested creating some kind of green channels and bifurcating the entry and exit points.

The Advocate General told the Bombay High Court that the state government needs at least two weeks for substantial progress to happen in the said matter.

The Advocate General also informed the High Court that trains have capacity of 700 with social distance being maintained. "Staggering is therefore very important. QR code will be worked out by the state and railways. State has agreed to issue the QR codes,” Advocate General said.

He also said the state government is increasing the number of trains as per demand. "But we have to deliberate upon how to maintain social distancing during peak hours," Advocate General added.

The Advocate General also said Chief Secretary has constituted a group to deliberate local train services for the private sector following COVID-19 protocols and steps have been taken for allowing differently-abled and cancer patients to travel in special compartments.

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