Mumbai is one of those cities that were affected by the coronavirus to a huge extent. But thankfully the new cases are coming down now and the condition is improving. The Mumbai local, the primary conveyance option for Mumbaikars, also remained shut for almost 10 months since the end of March 2020. Now, the ban has been lifted and Mumbai locals are open for all, but for a limited time slot. But on the very first day, passengers not abiding by the covid protocol could be seen! Some 500+ such people have been fined for not wearing masks.
Resumption of services but on designated time slot
The Mumbai local services, after many decisions, finally resumed its service from Feb 1, 2021, after being on a halt for almost 10 months. But unlike before, it is not running all day every day! The train timings have been changed and they are not running in peak office hours. The Mumbai locals are running at three-time slots that start from the first train of the day to 7 AM, 12 noon to 4 pm, and from 9 PM to the last train of the day. This timing will help control the rush hour crowd and also maintain the social distance norms effectively.
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Fine warning issued days before the local trains resumed services, still people not aware
A letter issued by the Mumbai railway corporation days before the train service resumption said, “One of the main protocols is wearing a facial mask all the time. The state powers the Government Railway Police to impose fines on commuters found to be traveling without masks in the local trains or inside the station premises. The fine will be in line with the circulated dated 9 September 2020 issued by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) or in line with any further circular issued by MCGM in this regard” and a fine of Rs 200 was imposed for all who would not wear a mask while traveling on the train. But even after such pre-guidance, people did not become aware and avoided wearing a mask which cost around 500+ people a sum of 200 Rs on the first day of their commute through the Mumbai local trains.
Mumbai recovering gradually but people must be more sincere now
The new number of covid cases in Mumbai has been decreasing for a few weeks now which is a good sign for Mumbaikars. Till Feb 1, around 300 fresh cases have been reported in Mumbai which makes the count a minimal one. Also, the recovery rate is quite satisfying. But with the resumption of the Mumbai local train services, the people must be very careful and maintain covid protocols to avoid the spread of the virus.
The PolicyTimes suggestion
- The awareness of people is still underlying and there must be more awareness programs to ensure people do not neglect such important covid prevention measures. The BMC must post 2-3 volunteers frequently near the stations to inform people more about the virus.
- Charging the fine on the first day might not be a very welcoming move for many. The railway corporation must have issued warnings for a few days before fining such a big amount as people are already economically affected due to the ongoing pandemic.