MUMBAI: Railway authorities have decided to run only 80 per cent of the services and restrict access to the stations as well as automated ticket purchase to enable only essential service workers to commute by local trains.
The travel restrictions under the “Break the chain” drive initiated by the state government will continue till May 1.
Central Railway’s chief public relations officer Shivaj Sutar said, “We have decided to run services as per Sunday timetable as the number of passengers travelling will decrease considerably.”
The authorities will be curtailing entry and exit gates and also disabling the issuance of tickets through automated ticket vending machines (ATVM),), as state government has permitted travel in local trains to only essential service workers.
The essential service category includes employees of state government, Central government and local self government.
Public sector bank staff will be allowed along with those in the medical profession. Passengers who are travelling for medical emergency will also be permitted to travel.
Season tickets and journey tickets will only be issued essential category passengers defined by the state government during this period.
Before start of second wave of the pandemic, CR used to carry 21 lakh passengers while WR ferried 17.5 lakh passengers per day.
Also, the number of entry and exit points have been closed. A official said, “There will be limited entry/exit gates as we want to ensure that unauthorised passengers do not travel.”
WR’s chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said, “RPF will work in coordination with GRP to ensure and prevent any unauthorised access to the station.”