Suburban train services in Mumbai open after10 months

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Mumbai: The Railways have permitted passengers of all ages to travel in local trains in Mumbai from Monday morning.

The services resumes after a gap of about 320 days. The railways said it will be for limited hours. The police have been assigned with the responsibility to manage the crowd at all authorised entry and exit points.

Central Railway’s Chief Public Relations officer Shivaji Sutar said the general public is allowed to travel in the suburban trains from the time of the start of services for the day till 7 am, from 12 noon to 4 pm, and from 9 pm till the closure of services for the day.

From 7 am to 12 noon and from 4 pm to 9 pm, only employees of the essential services and categories of commuters specified by the Maharashtra government and the Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in local trains.

Sutar said wearing of masks is compulsory and coordination will be ensured with civic authorities for collecting fines from those who violate coronavirus preventive norms.

The suburban train services, considered as the lifeline of Mumbai, were suspended on the midnight of March 22 last year due to coronavirus outbreak and gradually resumed from June 15.

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