The Maharashtra Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Vijay Wadettiwar said recently that the state government might reopen the Mumbai local trains for the general public from January.
While speaking to the media, Wadettiwar told that chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is positive about allowing the general public to travel by suburban locals in the first week of the new year. He added that he had discussed the subject with Thackeray.
However, any official decision will only be taken after proper inspection of the spread of the new coronavirus strain in the state.
A few days ago, Wadettiwar had said that the state government has written to the Railway Ministry regarding the resumption of the suburban train services.
“We have been writing to the Railway ministry to open the suburban network to all commuters and it may be done from early January next year,” he had said.
The local trains are currently accessible only to essential service employees after showing a valid ID card.
Women were also allowed to travel on the trains, but only outside of peak hours – from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has imposed a state curfew till January 5 to curb the spread of the new COVID-19 strain.