Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: After a gap of more than two months, Mumbai subrban services resumed their services on Monday over main line and harbour line. The services, however, has not been resumed for the passengers and only “essential staff identified by the state government” will be allowed to board, said the Western and Central Railway while asking people not to crowd at the railway stations.

In a joint statement, the Western and the Central Railway said that the trains on these lines will run from 5.30 am to 11.30 pm with interval of approximately 15 minutes, adding that they have started 450 train services  

Western Railway spokesperson said that it will run 60 pairs of its 12 car suburban services - total 120 - in both direction) between Churchgate and Dahanu Road.

On the other hand, the Central Railway will run 100 services on either side on its Main line - between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Thane, Kalyan, Karjat and Kasara and 70 services on either sides of Harbour line - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Panvel, said spokesperson Shivaji Sutar.

“The arrival and departure train timings arriving at CSMT suiting to the duty shifts i.e. 7 hrs, 9 hrs, 10 hrs, 15 hrs, 21 hrs, 23 hrs. Departing from CSMT suiting to the duty shifts i.e. - 7 hrs, 9hrs, 15 hrs, 18 hrs, 21 hrs, 23 hrs,” the Central Railway.

Here’s all you need to know about the suburban services that will be resumed by the Railways:

  • These special suburban services will not be for general passengers and will be strictly for those “engaged in essential services”.
  • Travelling authority will be applicable as per normal procedure over Western Railway and Central Railway and certain booking windows will be opened for the same.
  • The Western Railway and Central Railway will ensure multiple rounds of checking to ensure only essential workers board these trains.
  • The Western Railway and Central Railway have made it clear that food and other stalls will not be allowed to reopen.
  • Those engaged in essential services will be issued QR based E-passes which will also bar colour coding to enable swifter ticket checking with coordination by the state government.
  • Only 700 passengers will be allowed to board the train to ensure that social distancing norms are followed.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India by the novel coronavirus. The state has reported more than 1 lakh coronavirus cases and nearly 4,000 deaths. So far, there are over 53,000 active COVID-19 cases in the state while nearly 51,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma