The Maharashtra government has approved the resumption of suburban train services in Mumbai for the general public from February 1.
As per the order issued by the government, which was cleared by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the general public will be allowed to travel on Mumbai locals till 7 am from the start of the first local train service. Then, they can use the service between 12 noon and 4 pm in the afternoon and then after 9 pm in the night till the end of service.
The government has also requested different establishments to stagger their work schedule in a manner wherein their staff could avail the services of the local trains in the given timings.
“The local train services will be restricted to the essential services staff only as is being permitted currently from 7 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm,” an order issued by the government said.
The Traffic Control Department of the Mumbai Central Division of Western Railway had reportedly sent a letter to all station masters for opening local trains for all. Station masters were informed to run trains on a full schedule from the date declared by the state government, which is now February 1.
As of now, the Western and Central lines are only open for commuters who come under essential services. Women are allowed to avail the services freely during peak hours.
Full services will only be resumed during non-peak hours, an official had informed earlier.