Oct 17, 2020, 21.46PM
Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by COVID-19 with 15,76,062 cases, including 13,44,368 discharges, 1,89,715 active cases and 41,502 deaths. Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 11,447 new COVID-19 cases, 13,885 discharged cases and 306 deaths on Friday. The city of Mumbai registered 1,823 new cases, along with 1,644 recoveries on Friday. The Maharashtra government has requested Central Railways and Western Railways to allow female passengers to commute on local trains from today but the Railways have said that the final decision will be taken by the Railway Board. With a spike of 63,371 new cases and 895 deaths, India’s COVID-19 count reached 73,70,469 on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Unlock 5: IRCTC resumes Tejas Express services
IRCTC’s Tejas Express train services on two routes have resumed from today. Considering the COVID-19, the Lucknow-New Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Express trains will not have dynamic pricing. To ensure the safety of passengers, a SOP has been issued.
Mumbai Metro One is all set to resume its services
Mumbai Metro One is all set to resume its services. Metro officials are taking all steps to ensure safe & secure travel of its commuters. After over 6 months, services will finally resume on October 19. As a preventive measure against Covid-19, the temperature inside metro rail coaches will vary between 25 and 27 degrees. While the trains will halt at smaller stations for 30 seconds, they will stop for 180 seconds at major stations to ensure proper ventilation. Moreover, MMOPL will replace plastic tokens – the most preferred form of ticketing before the pandemic – with paper tickets.
Mumbai local train for women: Circular creates confusion for Mumbaikarnis
The Maharashtra government had written a letter to Railways requesting that local train services may be made available to all ladies from 11 am to 3 pm and again from 7 pm onwards till the end of local services for the day, with effect from Saturday in Mumbai and MMR region. Citing ‘COVID protocol’, the proposal was referred to Railway Board. This created a confusion for women and many arrived at railway stations to check on the situation on Saturday morning.