Mumbai: Local trains start for essential railway staff

The Central Railway on Tuesday started local trains only for railway workers engaged in essential services. These trains – CSMT-Panvel, CSMT-Karjat and CSMT-Kasara – will make a total of eight trips (both up and down) every day.

Divisional Chairman of CR Mazdoor Sangh, Vivek Shishodiya said until now only a few coaches of long-distance trains were being used to ferry railway workers. “The number of longdistances coaches was inadequate and used to get very congested,” he said.

The Tuesday’s local was the first one since the lockdown was enforced on March 23. Motorman Shiv Arora said he received a call at 3 pm on Tuesday and was asked to drive the special train. It departed from CSMT at 5.15 pm and reached Kalyan at 6.45 pm.

Meanwhile, the railway authorities have directed people to not rush towards suburban stations when they see the trains functioning. A separate announcement will be made by the state government about local trains for citizens.

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