Mumbai: To reduce congestion in local trains amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Railway has launched 68 additional special suburban services in Mumbai from Thursday.
Of these 68 services, 46 will be on the mainline (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Kasara, Khopoli, and Karjat), and 22 port lines (CSMT to Panvel and Goregaon, Central Railway (CR) said in a release.
With this, the total number of CR’s specialized services in suburban Mumbai has increased from 355 to 423.
“To maintain social balance and avoid congestion, the Central Railway has decided to increase the number of daily special suburban services from 355 to 423 with effect from September 24,” CR Chief Public Relations Officer Shivaji Sutar said.
Central Railway and Western Railway started special local train service on June 15 on the Mumbai suburban section at the request of the Government of Maharashtra.
Of CR’s 423 services, 329 are on the mainline, 92 on the port line, and two on the transport line (Thane-Vashi and Thane-Panvel).
“Services were gradually extended to facilitate passengers and avoid congestion and maintain social distance,” Sutar said.
Earlier this week, Western Railway started 150 additional special suburban services, taking the total number of such services to 500 on its routes here.
Apart from employees of essential services, state, and central government employees, employees of nationalized and private banks, public sector undertakings, and pharma companies are currently allowed to travel in local trains.
Authorities have made the QR code-based identity card mandatory for travel on these trains.