Western Railways suffers loss of ₹207 crore in March due to coronavirus outbreak


Western Railways suffers loss of ₹207 crore in March due to coronavirus outbreak
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Amid the 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus, public transport in Mumbai has been completely shut for all barring only the employees of essential services. With the lifeline of the city, local trains, being shut down completely, even the employees of essential services have to use State Transport (ST) buses and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses to commute.

The local trains were shut down since March 22, to curb the spread of the nCOVID-19. The trains are a means of transport for lakhs of Mumbaikars daily. According to the data by Western Railways, as a result of this shutdown, they have to bear losses to the tunes of ₹207 crores.

The data further displayed that on March 22 itself, Western Railways had suffered losses of ₹79 crores, which is the most it has suffered in a day. After which, till March 24 the losses were recorded to be ₹107 crores, till March 26 Western Railways had bore loses worth ₹135 crores, and by March 31, it had recorded losses of ₹207.11 crores.

Along with Mumbai local train service, Railways had also shut down express trains, to avoid the risk of transmission of the virus. While the services were supposed to remain shut till March 31, PM Narendra Modi later announced a 21-day lockdown till April 14. 

In other news, the drivers and conductors recently expressed their disappointment with the arrangements made for them at the bus depots where the staffers eat, rest and assemble in large numbers in a limited space.

The drivers and Conductors complained that the buses are running jam-packed, which leaves little room for practising social distancing. A state of fear has set in amongst the BEST employees after a bus staffer has self-quarantined, owing to the symptoms of coronavirus. Photos of the bus depots have been sent to the authorities to display the gravity of the situation at the depots.

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