Women can travel by Mumbai Local Trains from October 21, confirms Piyush Goyal

As of now, Railways has given the permission for women to travel by Mumbai local only for a few hours, i.e. between 11 am to 3 pm and after 7 pm until the services end for the day

Women can travel by Mumbai Local Trains from October 21, confirms Piyush Goyal

Mumbaikars have been waiting for the Mumbai local train services to resume for the general public, and several requests were raised by the people regarding the same. The state government recently wrote to the railways and the centre seeking permission regarding the same. After thorough consideration, the permission has been approved, and women have been given consent to travel by Mumbai Local Trains from Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to share the same, and said, "I am happy to announce that Railways will allow women to travel on suburban trains from 21 Oct between 11 am to 3 pm & after 7 pm. We were always ready and with the receipt of letter from Maharashtra Govt today, we have allowed this travel."

As of now, permission has been given only for a few hours in the day, and women can travel between those hours. However, the same might be extended in the near future.

Until date, the Mumbai local services were being used only by the workers from the essential services, dabbawalas and lawyers. The decision regarding the general public is yet to be taken, and several protests have been staged in this matter. The services have been shut from March 2020, ever since the lockdown was announced, and some commuters are only being about to travel by buses operated by BEST and State Transport Corporation. People living far from the city depend on Mumbai local for their daily commute, and the government is concerned about resuming the same, as it would pose a risk of spreading coronavirus.