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Mumbai Local Trains witness over 37 lakh passengers a day

The first week of February reportedly witnessed 3.2 million passengers travelling every day on local trains. Trains in the city currently operate on specific time slots.

Mumbai Local Trains witness over 37 lakh passengers a day
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Mumbai’s local trains are understandably seeing a surge in passengers since authorities resumed for the general public on the 1st of February. Officials said that around 3.7 million (37 lakh) passengers use local trains daily on the Central and Western Railway (WR) networks. 

A significant portion of the passengers, around 2 million of them, use Central Railway, while WR accounts for 1.7 million of the daily passenger load. “There has been an increase in the number of commuters on both Central and Western Railway. Average daily commuters have increased,” a senior Central Railway official said. 

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The first week of February reportedly witnessed 3.2 million passengers travelling every day on local trains. Trains in the city currently operate on specific time slots. 

The general public can travel on the first train of the day until 7 AM, while the second slot is between 12 PM to 4 PM. The last allotted timeslot is after 9 PM until the last train.

The resumption of local trains was long-awaited for Mumbaikars after services were halted on March 23, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to spread in the city. 

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After a prolonged break, railway officials resumed trains but only for essential workers and other frontline staff on the 15th of July, 2020. 

Since then, the state and railway officials have been discussing measures to resume trains for the general public, but fears of an additional spike in COVID-19 cases led to a delay until February. 

Given that it’s only been a couple of weeks since local trains resumed for the general population, officials haven’t publicly acknowledged if the resumption has led to an increase in cases. 

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