Aaditya Thackeray: Government Is Looking At Resuming Local Trains For All Citizens

Aaditya Thackeray: Government Is Looking At Resuming Local Trains For All Citizens

As per a new piece on Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Maharashtra government is considering the resumption of local trains in Mumbai by October 15. Local trains in Mumbai are currently available for government employees and some essential staff who are required to carry a QR code-based identity card. 

This meant that thousands of office-goers had to rely on other means of transport like buses. The traffic situation in Mumbai makes matters even worse for such commuters as buses can very rarely reach their destination on time. 

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Saamana quotes Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray who is believed to have said that resumption of local trains is being considered by the government in a bid to aid the state’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the coronavirus.

“The government is seriously considering starting normal train services for citizens by October 15. The decision will be taken after ensuring all COVID-19 related safety protocols are followed,” the tourism minister said.

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Thackeray has also said that a proposal to keep offices and commercial businesses open for 24 hours is being considered while adding that the government is currently in talks with offices and businesses to discuss working hours. The government is in discussions with the railways to have more trains running, he added.

This comes in the backdrop of the Bombay High Court asking the government to come up with ways to resume local train services. The High Court made the suggestion after a petition was filed by The Lawyer’s Association to allow boarding of lawyers on local trains. 

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