The business hub will resume local train services for fully vaccinated residents from today which is a move that could tackle traffic jams that are popping up as coronavirus cases which drop off but also one that will risks transmitting the highly contagious virus across India’s financial capital.
Local train services had been suspended since March 2020 which made it the longest shutdown period for a railway system that has survived floods, bomb blasts and even power outages with only a day or two of pause.
While the railways services had gradually reopened for essential workers, and nearly 1.6 million used the Central Line daily, for instance which is about a one fourth of its passenger load before the pandemic started.
Authorities had feared spread of contagious virus because Mumbai’s three railway lines on a typical day ferry more than 8 million people, with coaches so crowded that people are seen hanging out of doorways.
Maharashtra has been the epicenter at the start of both of India’s coronavirus waves, the second of which peaked in May after the delta variant spread rapidly across the state.