With the state government yet to take a decision on allowing general commuters to board suburban trains in Mumbai, a commuters’ association has urged that at least students should be allowed to travel by train.
Currently, only certain categories of commuters, including those providing essential services, and women, can travel by local trains in the Mumbai region in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
The demand has been made by the Kalyan-Kasara Railway Passengers Welfare Association citing operations of hotels, bars, pubs, discos in Mumbai.
“The lack of transport facilities in Kasara-Karjat areas and the costs incurred on the commute is now unaffordable. Students should be given relief by allowing them to travel,” the association added.
Earlier, citing the rise in fuel prices, traffic, and time spent in travel, the Railway Passengers’ Associations had demanded that the government should now allow everyone to commute without citing crowding as a reason.
In December, Rajesh Tope had said that a decision to start trains will be taken after considering the trend of COVID-19 cases in New Year.
Though the full-scale operations remain suspended, with COVID-19 protocols, trains resumed gradually for essential service employees and later more categories of travellers were added.