To ensure safety and avoid overcrowding of passengers, the Western Railways will begin operating six new local trains from today, 28th September. The six new suburban trains also include two Ladies Special trains.
With this, Western Railways will now be operating a total of 506 local trains in the city. Besides easing commute, these new trains will further ensure proper social distancing of the essential staff that is permitted to travel using these trains.
The six new trains will operate on the Virar-Churchgate sector. Out of these, three will be in UP direction from Virar on slow line while the remaining three will be in DOWN direction towards Virar on Slow line.
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The two Ladies Special trains will operate during the peak hours in morning and evening between Virar and Churchgate stations in both UP and DOWN directions. While one Ladies Special will depart from Virar at 07:35 am and reach Churchgate at 09:22 am, the other Ladies Special will depart from Churchgate at 06:10 pm to reach Virar at 07:55 pm.
Here is the latest break-up of the 506 local trains operating on various routes:
With the increase in services, the government recently permitted 10% of key employees of private and cooperative banks to commute by local trains, in addition to the essential staff of various government departments, aircraft maintenance staffers and lawyers who have been allowed so far.
To avoid overcrowding and maintain physical distance, the Western Railways and Central Railways will also open additional ticket booking counters at major stations on the suburban section which spans majorly across Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad.
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