While local trains are yet to be made available to all in Mumbai, this is likely to change shortly. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday informed that the Mumbai local trains will resume for the general public from February 1.
Thackeray has written to the Indian Railways seeking that Mumbai local trains resume for the general public from February 1 for the limited timing, keeping in mind the need for social distancing at all times.
A final decision, however, will come after the Railway authorities take a call on the same.
As per the letter by Maharashtra Government to Railways, the local train services will be allowed for all categories of the public in the following manner:
1. Local train services be allowed from the start of services for the day to 7 AM and then again from 12 PM to 4 PM in the afternoon and from 9 PM to closure of local train services for the day with effect from February 1 2021.
2. The local train services will be restricted to the essential services staff only as is being permitted currently from 7 AM to 12 PM and from 4 PM to 9 PM.
Meanwhile, the state government authorities have requested establishments to stagger their work schedule in a manner wherein their staff will be able to avail the services of the local trains in the timings mentioned above.