The process of issuing monthly passes for local train travellers began on Wednesday after the Maharashtra's state government allowed those who have taken two doses of Covid-19 vaccines to travel by local trains starting from August 15.
A total of 18,324 passengers went through the verification process at BMC help desks at 53 railway stations between morning 7 am till late afternoon 3 pm. The municipal corporation said that out of 17,758 passengers, 12,771 passengers on the Central Railway and 4,987 on Western Railway were issued with train passes.
Mayor Kishori Pednekar and additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani visited a few railway stations during the day where commuters formed long ques at some stations in the morning but the rush lessened later in the day.
As per the the BMC had announcement, only those who have completed 14 days after the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine will get the pass after verification of Vaccination Final Certificate and photo ID.