Mumbai: Monorail services resume today

Written by Neeraj Tiwari
| Mumbai |

October 18, 2020 1:11:01 am

IRCTC’s Tejas trains resumed on Ahmedabad-Mumbai route from Mumbai Central on Saturday. (Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

In a aid to the town’s commuters, Metro and Monorail services are set to resume.

The Monorail service between Chembur and Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk is about to resume operations from Sunday, a day forward of the Metro 1 from Versova to Ghatkopar that can resume on Monday.

As the town unlocks, the Central Railway (CR) that began operations for important services employees in July will add an extra 225 day by day suburban prepare services, a transfer geared toward easing commuters’ crowding woes. The metropolis reported 1,791 new circumstances of Covid-19 on Saturday.

On Saturday Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Commissioner R A Rajeev took a experience on the Monorail route to examine its service.

The Monorail was given the state authorities’s approval to resume services on October 15. MMRDA, which takes care of the upkeep and operation of the Monorail, stated in an announcement on Saturday, “In order to make sure the infection does not spread, tickets will be given on QR code, the new ticket system which was installed on the Monorail corridor recently.”

The Monorail that was fully shut down on March 22 amid the pandemic-induced lockdown within the nation will initially run 100 journeys in a day. A name on operating extra services shall be decided by commuter response.

Prior to the lockdown, the Monorail ran 115 services a day and had a day by day ridership of about 800.

The Metro service on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route, that can resume services on Monday, shall be open to all commuters not like suburban trains. While there shall be no cap on the variety of commuters who shall be allowed to board the Metro, commuters who don’t clear the well being checks together with a temperature examine won’t be allowed to enter the Metro.

Abhay Mishra, Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai Metro 1 stated, “When we had started services in June 2014, we never thought there will be a time we will have to shut operations. But due to Covid-19 the services were shut for almost six months. On October 15 the state government gave us go ahead to start operations. We needed some preparations… that is why we decided to start the operations from Monday”.

Mishra added that whereas the operation of the services was stopped amid the lockdown, their complete work equipment, together with station clearances, was operational.

He stated 300 employees members labored virtually day and night time to ensure when services get the nod from the state authorities, commuters face no hazardous scenario.

Mishra stated that so as to preserve contact-less travelling, the present token ticket system was scraped. When services resume on Monday, commuters shall be issued paperless tickets by a QR code and PayTM.

“We will start the operations with over 200 services, with a time gap of six minutes during peak hours and eight and a half minute time gap between the services in non peak hours,” stated Mishra.

“There are 32 staff of Metro 1 who tested Covid positive, 28 have already recovered, four are still in recovery. I request all the commuters to co-operate with the new traveling system,” he stated. Metro services will begin from 8.30 am on Monday and run until 8.30 pm.

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