Bombay: In a break for Mumbaikars, they will now be able to board local trains from August 15, 2021. The only two requirements for boarding Mumbai’s local train services are that travelers must be fully vaccinated with a deviation of 14 days from the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced on Sunday.Also Read – Maharashtra Lockdown Update: Releases Announced For Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad; Covid borders are lightened for shopping malls, stores and hotels | What is allowed, what is closed
Mumbai’s local train services were affected for the general public in April this year when the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak in the state. Currently, only government employees and essential service personnel are allowed to travel on local trains.
The move came after repeated calls from several travel agencies and citizens who depend on local train services to get around the city.
“Fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel on local trains from August 15. Those who have completed 14 days after their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine can apply on a specially created application to get a special rail pass and they can pick it up from local offices, ”Thackeray said, adding that those who don’t. have no smartphones can get the pass offline.
Here is a list of everything you need before boarding the local trains from Mumbai:
1) As mentioned above, you must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus. Other than that, you will be allowed to use only the commuter train services 14 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.
2) Monthly train packages will be mandatory to take advantage of Mumbai’s local rail facilities.
- Passengers with smartphones can download the train pass using the mobile app.
- People without a smartphone can take photo passes at municipal offices in the city and at suburban train stations.
- The rail administration will verify the authenticity of the passes using QR codes.
Over the past few days, several organizations and political parties had demanded that ordinary people, fully vaccinated against COVID-19, be allowed to board local trains, known as the Mumbai lifeline. Thackeray said stopping the third wave of coronavirus is in the hands of people following appropriate behavior for COVID.
“The virus is still lurking around us and we shouldn’t be complacent. I understand that your patience is running out. But please don’t lose patience, ”he added.