Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): The Maharashtra Government today allowed metro rail authorities to resume metro services from tomorrow in a graded manner under its “Mission Begin Again”. However, the authorities will have to adhere to the strict COVID-19 unlock guidelines.
After the announcement, the Mumbai Metro Line-1 operator Mumbai Metro Operation Private Limited (MMOPL) said that it will resume metro operations from October 19.
“Mumbai Metro is thankful to the Government of Maharashtra for allowing metro operations. We have already initiated safety inspections and trial runs, and are set to restart passenger operations from Monday, 19th October 2020, 8:30 am,” it said in a tweet adding Mumbai Metro One is ready to resume its services again. Following all safety and hygiene measures, we’re ready to welcome our Metrokars back on Monday, Oct 19, 2020.
The Monorail services will be resumed from October 18. "Monorail services will be resumed from Sunday, 18th October 2020 in a graded manner," twitted MMRDA adding No Mask No Travel policy by Monorail. Passengers will be permitted to travel only while wearing proper masks.
The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro) will resume metro services in Nagpur on 16th October 2020.
Metro and Railway services were stopped in Maharashtra after the announcement of the nationwide lockdown starting March 25 to curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Urban Development department of Maharashtra will issue a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to metro rail authorities soon.
Moreover, the Western Railway zone of Indian Railways has decided to run 194 additional trains for people engaged in essential services as notified by the Maharashtra government from tomorrow.