MUMBAI: The lifeline of Mumbai, the local train is going to resume after several months of shut down as Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray announced on Sunday. The service will resume from August 15 and only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel in local trains.
For the past couple of days, Mumbai people were requesting the government to start the local train service since it is very difficult to travel in BEST buses and with personal vehicles. On the 8th of August, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray gave some relaxation to people by resuming local train service but in future if cases go high government will not hesitate to put lockdown again.
“Local trains in Mumbai will start from August 15 for those who have been vaccinated with both the shots. We will launch an app where people can update if they have taken both doses and when they took their second dose. People can take passes either from the app or from the offices,” he said.
Further, he added, “We are providing some relaxations now but if cases go up, we will have to resort to lockdown again. So I appeal to you to not invite another wave of Covid.”
Addressing the people who don’t have smartphone facility he said “Suburban railway stations and municipal ward offices will provide special photo passes to travellers which will have QR code which will help to authenticate the passengers.” Adding to this he requested, don’t allow anyone to obtain illegal passes, get vaccinated and travel safely”. For the current time, only essential workers are allowed to travel in local trains keeping the second wave of covid-19 in mind.
If the people will follow all the protocol then in upcoming days CM might give some more relaxation to malls, restaurants and other public places.