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Decision On Starting Mumbai Local For Fully Vaccinated Soon: Minister

Mumbai: Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aslam Shaikh has said that a decision on resuming Mumbai local train services for fully vaccinated people will be taken in the next two to three days.

Speaking on the matter, Maharashtra cabinet minister Aslam Shaikh indicated that fully vaccinated passengers may be allowed to travel unrestricted in suburban train services within two to three days.

According to reports, Sheikh told the state cabinet meeting that detailed discussions were held on the opening up of Mumbai local trains and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses for fully vaccinated persons.

“As a Minister, I am also of the view that person whose two doses are completed should be allowed to travel in Mumbai local, we have also informed Chief Minister about this. After studying the report by the task force, a decision on Mumbai local will be taken in next two to three days,” said Shaikh, who is Guardian Minister of Mumbai.

He said that the restrictions started four months ago have been gradually eased amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the city.

“Timings in restaurants also must be increased. A decision will be taken soon,” he added.

Notably, local train services, also known as the lifeline of Mumbai, are currently operational only for essential service workers due to the coronavirus outbreak. Recently, the demand for the resumption of suburban train services for the general public has been gaining momentum.

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