Written by Iram Siddik
| Mumbai |

Published : 14. June 2020 3:46:18

https://indianexpress.com/wp-content/plugins/lazy-load/images/1x1.trans.gif Commuter trains, which carried about 7.5 million people a day, were put into operation on the 23rd day of the operation. March after the announcement of the national blockade. (file)

The 23. The commuter trains to Mumbai, which closed in March, will resume on Monday of this week. However, these services will be reserved for core employees who will transport them to and from the workplace.

A high-ranking government official explained that the difficulties encountered by key workers in finding work made it necessary to resume services.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Tekkerei also called for the resumption of commuter trains to Mumbai in order to move the most important service personnel.

After consultation with the Department of Railways, a plan for the resumption of the service was developed. Senior officials of the Zentralbahnen also met on Saturday to determine the conditions.

When you were contacted, Shalabh Gul, Head of the Ministry of Railways (RD) said there was no written communication from the Railway Council. He added that the trains will not run without written permission. However, on Saturday evening several meetings were held with sales staff from different agencies, inviting ticket sellers to come to their places using QR code scanners in mobile phones.

Another meeting with the operational services is also scheduled for Sunday in order to clarify the details of the number of services and the social standards of the distance to be maintained in the wagons and the number of trains required.

According to the plan, no tickets for key employees will be issued at the ticket office of these trains. Instead, employees receive QR cards, which are also color-coded for faster ticket control. These maps are submitted directly to the state government for distribution.

Both the railways and the state government will carry out a number of inspections to ensure that only the most urgent workers are on the trains. The first round of the event takes place before people are admitted to the station. All employees who sell tickets will wear personal protective equipment in the stations.

Although there is no thermal examination of passengers at the station, the State Government is obliged to ensure that all passengers authorised to travel are in good health and do not leave the enclosed traffic area.

The central and western railways are expected to offer limited services, depending on the number of persons authorised by the regional government to use these services. In order to ensure an appropriate social distance in the wagons, only about 700 persons per wagon may be admitted, while the capacity is about 1200 persons. In addition, the state government should shake up its offices for workers from different regions in order to avoid overcrowding in stations and trains.

It is intended that the Rail Security Service (RSDS) will be deployed at station boarding points with ticket sales personnel to ensure that only authorised persons may enter the station where each boarding point is located. Approximately 3.75 weak core workers made use of the bus service during the blockade.

Local trains, carrying about 7.5 million people a day, opened on the 23rd. March after the complete end of the national blockade.

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