The Central Railway (CR) on Friday announced cancellation of mega block on Main and Harbour lines on Sunday. The decision comes ahead of NEET (UG) 2020 Examination which is scheduled to be held on September 13.
The CR said that only Maintenance block will be operated on 5th and 6th lines without blocking slow and fast corridors on Main line. Central Railway's Chief Public Relations Officer Shivaji Sutar took to Twitter to make the announcement. "No Sunday Mega block on Harbour line. No Sunday Mega block on slow and fast corridors of Main line @drmmumbaicr. Maintenance block will be operated on 5th & 6th lines without blocking slow & fast corridors on Main line. Special suburban services will run as per it's schedule," he tweeted.
Considering the hardships faced by the students amid coronavirus outbreak, Indian Railways allowed the JEE and NEET aspirants to travel by Mumbai suburban railways on the days of the examination.
“Supporting students appearing for NEET & JEE exams, Railways has permitted them, and their guardians to travel by special suburban services in Mumbai on exam days. General passengers are requested not to commute,” Railway Minister Goyal tweeted.
The Western Railway and Central Railway resumed their Mumbai suburban services over mainline and Harbour line on June 15. These special suburban services were only for general passengers/public and will be strictly meant for ‘essential staff’ as identified by the state government.
With no local trains for general public, Mumbaikars are facing tremendous hardships due to limited transportation facilities. Some have also opted to use their own vehicles in order to avoid coming in close contact with others.
Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government how long it plans to restrict suburban train services in Mumbai in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The court was hearing a petition and related applications seeking that lawyers be permitted to use local train services in the city.
Referring to the state's submission that it does not plan to resume regular suburban train services as yet, a bench headed by Chief Dipankar Datta said, "We have to now live with the virus. How long will this go on? It has been six months." The petitioners' counsel Shyam Dewani and Uday Warunjikar on Thursday urged the court to give direction to the state to permit lawyers to travel by local trains, as the High Court had partially resumed physical hearings.