The government of Maharashtra today (October 26) issued new guidelines permitting the common people, regardless of the nature of their jobs, who are vaccinated fully against COVID-19 to board suburban trains in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The govt also said that the people working in essential sectors must be fully vaccinated and should have completed a fortnight’s post-inoculation before they can be permitted to board local trains.
In this order, the Maharashtra state government has extended the definition of fully vaccinated people to cover even those people who are working in non-essential sectors. This implies people who have taken both the doses of vaccines against COVID-19 and completed 14 days after inoculation can travel in local trains. Currently, the Central Railway and the Western Railway have been issuing a monthly pass to vaccinated passengers instead of daily tickets to curtail the crowd. The s decision was taken in the light of the increased flow of commuters, an official said on Monday.
Notably, Central Railway and Western Railway will run 1,774 and 1,367 services, respectively, on their suburban network from October 28. The zonal railways used to operate these many services before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, Central Railway and Western Railway are operating 1,702 and 1,304 suburban services, respectively, which is 95.70 per cent of the total suburban services in the normal period.