Mumbai : Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) will start operating their suburban services in Mumbai from January 29 by expanding the existing 2,781 services to 2,985 services. The WR has chosen to extend the existing 1,201 services to 1,300 services, whereas the CR will increase the services to 1,685 from the existing 1,580 services on the Mumbai Suburban network with effect from January 29, reported news agency ANI citing the Chief Public Relations Officers (CPRO) of both zones.
Suburban train service was put on hold in March 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, the services were continued with restrictions. All travellers are still not permitted to travel by local trains. Those who have been allowed by the Ministry of Railways and Government of Maharashtra are permitted to travel by local trains in Mumbai. It includes employees working in essential care services, specially-abled and cancer patients. Women travellers and lawyers are permitted to commute in a stipulated time period.
Only passengers who are allowed to travel by the rural trains, said the Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division of Western Railway on Twitter, including that others are requested not to rush to the railway stations. Travellers as allowed by the Ministry of Railways & Govt. of Maharashtra are allowed to travel by suburban trains.