Due to the non-functionality of suburban trains, the emergency workers engaged in essential services are facing a lot of challenges while commuting from one place to another. Mumbai metropolitan constitutes outer areas of Thane, Palghar, Mulund, Malad, and Ghatkopar. All these regions are far away from the main city.
The state government is eager to resolve these challenges. On Saturday, the Central Railway had a discussion on how the suburban trains can be put into place. Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Central Railways Shalabh Goel said on this matter,
“There was no written communication from railway board.”
Today, there is a meeting with the operations department to finalize the social distancing norms. Earlier on Saturday, the ticket checkers are informed to report on the duty with QR scanners on their smartphones. The plan of the board is to not charge any money from the essential service workers.
The government has guided the offices to keep the timing as per the trains to ensure that there is no crowding at the stations. Even the capacity of a coach will be 700, instead of normal 1200. It is quite noteworthy that during lockdown 3.75 lakh workers were using the bus facility.
When Mumbai is expecting 1 lakh corona cases by June- End, is it a wise decision? What is your opinion?