The Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on January 29 announced that the local train service in Mumbai will resume for all passengers from today, February 1st.
Piyush Goyal said on Twitter: “My dear citizens of Mumbai, for all of you, the Mumbai commuter train will start on February 1st.”
Travel on local trains was severely restricted after the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.
As per reports, local trains for the general public will be available in three-time slots: from the start of the day’s services to 7 am; 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; and 9:00 pm to the end of the day.
As per the Maharashtra government, between 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm only those engaged in essential services will be allowed to travel.
At the beginning of June last year, the services of the local trains for the personnel of the emergency and basic supply were resumed. However, authorities later allowed women to travel in local off-peak hours.
The state government said in its circular on local trains that it would ask all companies to postpone their work schedule so that employees can benefit from the new timetable.
The government also ordered that shops in Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR) can be open until 11 p.m. and restaurants until 1 a.m.
“30 per cent limit for the staff in these establishments will continue to be in force and they will be allowed to operate as per the SoPs issued for daily operations of the same by various departments of the government,” it said.