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All Fully Vaccinated People Allowed To Board Mumbai Local Trains

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government issued an order allowing all fully vaccinated people to board suburban trains in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Anyone who is fully vaccinated and has completed 14 days after vaccination can board trains.

The state government issued an order asking common people, regardless of the nature of their jobs, to board suburban trains in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Maharashtra government has extended the definition of fully vaccinated people to cover people working in non-essential sectors as well. The order means that any person who has split and completed 14 days after vaccination can travel in local trains, reported PTI.

Presently, Central Railway and Western Railway are issuing monthly passes to vaccinated passengers instead of daily tickets to decongest the crowd.

Notably, both the railways said on Monday that suburban services in Mumbai will be operated at 100 per cent capacity of pre-pandemic level from October 28, but the existing travel restrictions for the general public will remain unchanged.

An official said on Monday that this decision has been taken in view of the increasing number of passengers.

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 many of these services before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presently 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 during the normal period.

As of now, only government employees and employees of essential services are allowed to travel in suburban trains, apart from fully vaccinated citizens who have completed 14 days after the second dose and are below 18 years of age.

The state on Monday reported 889 COVID-19 cases, the lowest number in a day since May 5, 2020, and 12 fresh fatalities, the least number of one-day death count in more than 18 months, a health department official had said.

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