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Mumbai Local Train: Suresh Kakani hints at starting services in full swing – Mumbai Mirror

After taking the COVID-19 vaccine at Nair Hospital on Monday, Additional Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (Health) Suresh Kakani has hinted at starting the local train services in full swing in Mumbai.

While talking to reporters, he said, “Since the local train services resumed, we are keeping a close watch and for the next 15 days we are going to remain cautious.”

Mumbai local train services were resumed for the general public on February 1. However, the services are permitted currently during the non-peak hours from the start of the day’s services to 7 am; 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; and 9:00 pm to the last local.

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Even though the services have been started for all, there has been no rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the city, but it doesn’t mean that we do not follow the necessary precautions like wearing a mask or using sanitiser frequently,” he added.

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Kakani also added that till March 31, the COVID centres and jumbo centres shall remain open. All people related to healthcare in the BMC have been asked to remain vigilant, he said.

A day after the local train services were started for all, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had also said the state government was open to taking a re-look at the time slots that had been earmarked for the category of commuters.

The restrictive travel timings have led to several commuters complaining that these were not in line with their office timings.

“We are open to rescheduling the train timings. My department will make suggestions in this regard as well,” Tope had said.

“The COVID-19 situation in Mumbai is under control. We are carrying on vaccination in a phased manner. The BMC has so far received a total stock of 2.65 lakh vaccines in two phases,” he said.

“After the launch of the first phase on January 16, vaccination of the second phase frontline workers has also started in Mumbai. So far 75751 people have been vaccinated in both phases. This includes 72,388 health workers and 3,363 frontline workers,” Kakani added.

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