The decision comes two days after the exchanges of letters between the Railways and the state government after the latter asked to permit the travel.
Initially, the local train commute for all women was to start on October 17, however, the Railways forwarded the state government’s proposal to Railway Board, stating the COVID-19 protocol and requirement to maintain social distancing.
Following that, Union Railway Minister made the announcement today after he held a meeting with officials from Railway Board to review the progress of various ongoing works related to the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).
“I am happy to announce that Railways will allow women to travel on suburban trains from 21 Oct between 11 am to 3 pm and after 7 pm. We were always ready and with the receipt of a letter from Maharashtra Govt today, we have allowed this travel,” said Piyush Goyal.
With this, women commuters who do not fall in the essential categories and had been spending long hours and huge money to commute, have got a huge relief.
“Thank you @CMOMaharashtra for restarting local trains for women passengers, this will be hugely beneficial for women travelling long distances for work, since unlockdown in the city kicked in and as we cautiously return back to normalcy,” Tweeted Priyanka Chaturvedi.
The decision is the first step taken by the government in order to make services available for everyone amid rising demands from all quarters.
So far, services were only available for those falling under essential categories. Considering the rising crowd, the government has also allowed metro trains in Mumbai.
Patients perform ‘Garba’ with health workers at NESCO COVID19 centre in Mumbai