Coronavirus Pandemic: Mumbai Local Train services to stop until March 31, 2020

The decision was take on Sunday, March 22, 2020, keeping the coronavirus outbreak in mind. Currently, Maharashtra has 73 COVID-19 positive cases - the highest in India.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Mumbai Local Train services to stop until March 31, 2020

Keeping the Coronavirus outbreak in mind, and with increasing numbers in Maharashtra, the state government has decided that Mumbai local train - often referred to as the city's lifeline - will not function until March 31, 2020. No trains will run on Mumbai's central, western or harbour lines.

This is a big decision taken by the officials as they have been contemplating the same for many cabinet meetings now. CM Uddhav Thackeray announced that the local train services were necessary for the city, keeping the daily essentials in mind, however, the condition is critical in Mumbai, as the number of positive cases for Coronavirus has increased over the last few days. 

Further, Railway minister, Piyush Goyal also announced that the train services across the country will also stop from 24:00 hours on Sunday. Only trains carrying essential goods will be functional in the country. He shared the announcement on Twitter with a message that read, "Strengthening precautions against COVID-19, Railways has decided that no passenger train will run up to 31st March. Let us work together as #IndiaFightsCorona"

As per PM Narendra Modi's instructions, the entire country observed 'Janta Curfew' on Sunday, March 22, 2020. The entire city of Mumbai was quiet and empty, fighting Coronavirus together. Central Railways shared images on Twitter with a message, "#BreakTheChain #IndiaFightsCoronavirus #JantaCurfew सर्वात मोठे उपनगरी नेटवर्क आणि #मुंबई एकत्र आपण लढू शकतो. Largest suburban network and #Mumbai Together we can fight. सबसे बड़ा उपनगरीय नेटवर्क और #मुंबई साथ मिलकर हम लड़ सकते हैं।"