Newly appointed Union Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Danve on Thursday while talking about resumption of local trains in Mumbai said that the local trains would resume 'immediately' if Maharashtra government seeks permission for the same.
He said, "The responsibility of starting the local trains has been handed over to the state government. The state government can take view of the COVID-19 situation in the state and send a proposal to the Centre regarding resumption of local trains. We will grant permission and start the local trains immediately if so".
Earlier Maharashtra's Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said that the Mumbai local trains might get started soon. Tope said that train services might resume if the state of Maharashtra speeds up its vaccination process for which the Centre has to supply the vaccines in ample quantity.
As of now, only state government and public administration officials are allowed to commute in the Mumbai local trains. Earlier this week, Congress leader Milind Deora had also demanded that the government of Maharashtra should allow local train travel to those citizens who are vaccinated.
Raosaheb Danve took charge as Minister of State (MoS) for Railways yesterday, as a part of the Cabinet reshuffle exercise, the Centre allocated portfolios to the newly inducted ministers.
Hours after 43 leaders took oath as ministers in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday evening as a part of the Cabinet reshuffle exercise, the Centre allocated portfolios to the newly inducted ministers. While Home Minister Amit Shah will be in charge of the newly created Ministry of Cooperation, Ashwini Vasihnaw has been given ministries of Railways, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology. Kiren Rijiju will be the new Minister of Law and Justice.