Big thanks to our Indian Railways, for creating the biggest railways network in the world across 1, 23,236 km. Another interesting point to know – Mumbai’s local train network is the oldest railway network in Asia. It is the lifeline for millions of people in Mumbai. On April 16th, 1853, the first train took off from Bori Bunder (present-day Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) for Thane covering a distance of 34 K.M in an hour & 15 minutes. Indian railways have grown so huge, that is the example we can see in Mumbai, as today Western, Central, Harbour and Trans-Harbour line catering to more than seven-and-a-half million commuters daily. 2,342 train services running every day from 4 am to 1 am – and beyond. Mumbai’s suburban train network is known as one of the busiest train systems in the world. Also, Mumbai has the first AC local train running across Mumbai. It started its operation in December 2017 and 5 months crossed the 10 lakh passenger mark. It is seen in summer months March and April over 3 lakh passengers take the AC locals for traveling. Yes, Mumbai stands on the foundation of its suburban railway network, which cripples the city if it crumbles for even a couple of hours. When Mumbai locals run smoothly, people scamper from one point to another covering a large distance. Local trains are for traveling long distances in short times at an affordable cost, albeit under congested, inhuman conditions.
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Due to covid 19 situation local trains we completely shut, millions of passengers felt helpless, but now as things are going better local trains are about to start back like before. But never thought Mumbai local trains other trains will be shut for almost a year, but this happened. Covid situation has changed many businesses and their work pattern, some work from home, few have to close and restart from scratch again. Indian Railways decided to start 200 Passenger trains from 1st June 2020 for citizens to travel to their hometown across the country. It was also a big relief for many students, families who stay away from their families finally can meet them. From that time onwards slowly trains started to operate but in fewer numbers. Currently, Indian Railways are running 1089 special train services keeping in mind passengers’ safety and security. If your tickets are confirmed then only you are allowed to board your train. Now as the Covid vaccine is out and already the vaccination process has started it is one of the biggest reliefs for people like us. Same time government has announced to resume all train services from March 2021. Isn’t it good news? It is noticed 1.5 lakh passengers have already started booking their tickets in advance. So what you are waiting for pack your bags, book your tickets and board your train, 2021 is the year just for travel.
Points to remember about the resumption of local train services in Mumbai
Mumbai local trains have resumed from 1st February 2021. Remember the local trains will be available in three-time slots are from the start of the day’s services to 7 am; 12 noon to 4 pm; and 9 pm to the end of the day. The timing has been restricted to avoid crowding during the coronavirus disease.
The general public will not be allowed to travel between 7 am and 12 noon and between 4 pm and 9 pm, which are the peak travel hours.
The government has also urged offices to go for staggered working hours. The authorities have asked people traveling in local trains to follow Covid-19 protocols.
Authorities permitted women to travel in locals during the non-peak hours.
If you are planning to travel by local trains in Mumbai, make sure your take complete protection, wear a mask, and keep sanitizing your hands. The other good news is our government has also announced to start the train services in our country is fully-fledged all over our country. So if you are planning to travel, do consider Traveller food as we are also back with train food services at your seat. Enter your PNR number and get your food at your seat. We serve pure veg food in train, fresh food in train all over India. We are the well-known food provider in train with complete safety; we deliver food to our passengers across all stations in India. You can even pay online or cash on delivery is also available. With our customer care help, you can order your delicious foods; call us on 91-7827998877. We are ready to serve you.
Written By: Priyanka Mondal
She is a content writer by profession and has a keen interest in writing on various topics. Her ultimate passion is writing and doing food blogging. She is a person who loves traveling to beautiful places and trying out different cuisine. Also a big-time foodie.