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Railways ready to open suburban trains for all commuters




While responding positively to the Maharashtra Government’s proposal to open up the suburban railways for all commuters, the Central Railway and Western Railway have sought more details to implement the plans, officials said here on Thursday.

The spokespersons – WR’s Sumit Thakur and CR’s Shivaji Sutar – said that they would work with the state government to hammer out the nitty-gritties in this regard even as commuters and passengers groups built pressure to allow access to all for local trains from Nov. 1.

On an average, around 85 lakh commuters use the 3,200 services on the Mumbai suburban section daily, serving Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts of the congested Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

The MMR network – the lifeline of Mumbai – is spread over 390- kms with 157 stations transporting the commuters to and from their homes and workplaces, including the Mumbai’s famed Dabbawalas.

At presdent, the CR and WR operate around 1,410 local trains serving around 12 percent of the normal crowds, but permitting only people in essential services and other categories gradually allowed after the Unlock process was initiated.

As per the Unlock protocols, a maximum 700 commuters are allowed in a 12-car EMU rake against the normal 1,200 seated commuters, plus many more standees.

“The Railways has always been ready to augment/enhance suburban services keeping social distancing norms. We are working closely with the Maharashtra government to provide additional services after consultation with them about necessary modalities accordingly,” Thakur and Sutar said.

The state government has prepared a schedule with the categories of the people who would be permitted to commute, both essential workers and others in the peak hours or non-peak periods, besides one Ladies Special train every hour, as per a letter issued by Disaster Management Secretary Kishore Raje Nimbalkar late on Wednesday.

The railways have sought certain additional details on the proposal from the state government and it is expected that after a joint meeting, the plans may fructify in the next 2-3 days.

Passengers groups on Thursday clamoured for immediate action by the Indian Railways on the state government proposal to help the millions of people wanting to resume their duties in private and government offices.

Presently, commuters spend an average of 5-7 hours by road commute, besides the 8-9 hours of office duties, making it a harrowing experience, especially for women who have to balance both home and workplaces.


On 12th Anniversary of 26/11, Governor Koshyari and Chief Uddhav Thackeray Tribute to the martyred policemen




Today, Incident of 26/11 completed 12 years. On Thursday, On this occasion Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Along with Other Ministers has tribute to the Martyred Policemen and The People’s.

On Thursday Morning in Mumbai, Tributes paid to the policemen who died in this attack on the newly constructed memorial site at Police Headquarters. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, The Other dignitaries included Home Minioster Anil Deshmukh, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, Director- General of Police Subodh Jaiswal and Other Senior officials were also present to pay tribute to the martyrs.

The martyr memorial has been shifted from the Gymkhana at Marine Drive to the police headquarters at Crawford Market due to the coastal road project, An Official said.

A limited number of people gathered in the wake of the Covid-19 on the 12th Anniversary of the terrorist attack. Family members of some martyred policemens also paid homage at the memorial. The Governor, The Chief Minister and the Home Minister met the families of the martyrs during the event.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh has tweeted that, Salute to the brave warriors of 26/11. Millions are remembering his sacrifice.

At the same time, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has also paid tribute to the martyred soldiers by tweeting. He has written that a humble tribute to all the martyrs of the police and security forces who laid down their lives in the terrorist attack on Mumbai.

12 years ago, There was a terrorist attack on the country’s financial capital Mumbai. More than 160 people were killed and more than 300 people were injured in this attack. On 26 November 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists rocked Mumbai with bomb blasts and shootings.

The Mumbai Press also pays tribute to the policemen, Who died in the 26/11 attack and to the people.

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Decision related to local trains will be take after 15 December




Local Train of Mumbai is closed for general public from last 9 months. Questions arising is that, From when would Locals trains starts? The risk of corona is also increasing. BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said that, Decision related to locals trains will be take after 15 December.

Covid-19 Patients is increasing in Mumbai. During this Maharashtra Government is also in worried. It is Estimated that, There will be Second Wave of Corona in Maharashtra. Lifeline of Mumbai ‘Local Trains’ is also closed. A decision will be taken after December 15 to take shock of the growing Corona in Mumbai to start train service for all. This information was given by BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.

For the time being, Mumbai Local trains is only started for Government Servants. And also permission is granted to Mumbai’s Dabbawala’s to travel in the Locals.

Whether or not the second wave of Corona will come in Mumbai, But BMC is preparing to deal with the second wave. To prevent the second wave, BMC has implemented many rules for the people. Which has to be followed.

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Uddhav Thackeray seeks ‘national vaccine distribution policy’




Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday urged the Centre to formulate a ‘national vaccine distribution policy’ to combat the Covid-19 pandemic more systematically.

He said that this could include the movement of citizens between states, determining the containment areas and other related aspects to fight the pandemic effectively.

“Today, the cases have increased in Delhi or Kerala, tomorrow it can go up in some other state. The Prime Minister or Home Minister should convene a meeting of all political parties and explain to them the gravity of the situation, plus instruct all to cooperate without resorting to politics,” Thackeray said.

As far as Maharashtra is concerned, the CM said that state government has set up a task force for the distribution of the much-awaited Covid-19 vaccine to deal with the pandemic situation.

“We have set up a task force for the vaccination programme. The state government is in regular touch with the Serum Institute of India and is keeping track of the vaccine development,” Thackeray said at a meeting of CMs of eight states with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He pointed out that the state government is bringing public life back to normal as per the directives of the Centre and implementing the precautionary measures.

However, Thackeray rued that some political parties are playing politics with the lives of the people, taking to the streets and attempting to violate the health rules, so they must be directed to refrain from doing so.

On the progress achieved by the state, he said that barely three months ago, the state had 24,000 patients daily which has now come down to around 5,000 a day.

“Despite the declining number of patients, we have asked the people to remain vigilant and practice all precautions like physical distancing, wearing face masks, cleanliness, etc. But if some political parties continue their politicking, then all our efforts may fail and we may invite a fresh corona wave,” Thackeray pointed out.

In this context, he said the state’s flagship initiative, “My Family, My Responsibility” campaign has worked very well, it has covered around 11.92 crore population and succeeded in reducing the infection rate, besides creating a ‘health map’ of the state.

Through the initiative, 3.50 lakh people suffering various diseases and helped to detect and treat around 51,000 Covid patients, Thackeray said.

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