Mumbai: 753 new suburban services; 88% of local trains are back on track
In order to avoid crowding
local trains in Mumbai, railway authorities added 753 new special services from Monday, bringing the total number of services on the suburban network to 2,773, officials said.
With that, rail authorities have taken over 88% of the total 3,141 commuter services that were operating before the COVID-19 outbreak, they said.
In normal pre-lockdown times, the Central Railway (CR) operated 1,772 services, while the Western Railway (WR) operated 1,367 services on the commuter network, they said.
Local trains, considered Mumbai’s lifeline, resumed for emergency and essential service personnel in June this year.
To accommodate growing crowds on commuter trains, Central Railway has now added 552 extra services to its routes, while Western Railway has added 201 services, according to a joint press release issued by CR and WR on Sunday.
With this, special commuter services on CR routes increased to 1,572 from 1,020 previously, while WR services increased to 1,201 from 1,000.
Earlier, the railways decided to operate an additional 610 special suburban services from Sunday to avoid train congestion.
“The railways are subsequently increasing commuter services with social distancing standards and general public safety in mind,” the statement said.
The railway authorities have also provided information to the Maharashtra government as requested by the government, according to the statement.
“The railways hope that the state government will soon reconsider the modalities for providing services to commuters in the Mumbai metropolitan area,” he said.
Earlier, the CR and WR resumed commuter services for emergency and essential service personnel from June 15 and gradually allowed passengers of some other categories, such as lawyers and consulate staff. foreigners, to also travel on local trains.
Currently, special suburban services are not available to the general public, although women are allowed to travel on local trains during off-peak hours.
Last month, the Maharashtra government made a proposal to the railway authorities to allow the general public to board local trains at stipulated times during off-peak hours.
The railway authorities however responded to the state government, saying that in view of social distancing norms, they can only carry 22 lakh passengers, instead of the nearly 80 lakh passengers who traveled on local trains before the pandemic. of COVID-19. .
They also called on travelers to follow “prescribed medical and social protocols for COVID-19” and not to believe rumours.
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