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Restart Mumbai local train service for essential services: Jitendra Awhad

The Indian Railway has already started 200 special trains in addition to already operational 30 Rajdhani-type trains and 'Shramik' trains.

Restart Mumbai local train service for essential services: Jitendra Awhad
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Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad on Thursday urged the Union government to allow Mumbai local train service to resume amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

The train services across the country and in Mumbai were put to a halt amid COVID-19 threat and increasing cases of the coronavirus. The local train service in Mumbai was also stopped as the financial capital has been worst-hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

However, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Awhad has asked the Modi government to restart local train service in Mumbai for essential services as the hospitals in Mumbai city are short of staff and they could use locals for their commute. 

“Modi Government should allow suburban trains to start immediately for the essential services. The hospitals in Mumbai in particular are not able to give services to save lives due to shortage of staff which come from far away and need trains to travel,” Awhad tweeted. 

On several occasions, the Maharashtra government has appealed the central government to resume local train services in Mumbai for employees working in essential services. Earlier, the Indian Railway started 200 special trains in addition to already operational 30 Rajdhani-type trains and 'Shramik' trains. 

Last month, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requested the Centre for the resumption of train services in Mumbai for essential services and said that the employees working in essential sectors can be allowed to board local trains after checking their identity cards. 

As of June 4, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has risen to 77,793 and the death toll has reached 2,710. As per the health ministry, Maharashtra has reported 2,560 fresh cases and 122 deaths in 24 hours. In Mumbai alone, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 44,931. 

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