On Wednesday, Uddhav Thakrey– Maharshtra government, allowed resumption of metro rail services in the state from October 15 in a graded manner as a part of it’s “mission begin again”.
Soon after the government’s decision, the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), which operates the Versova- Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor in the megalopolis, said the services on the route that were suspended since March, will resume from October 19.
The state government said metro rails will be allowed to operate in a graded manner and the SOPs for the same will be issued by the Urban Development Department. MMOPL said that metro line operations will resume from 8.30 am on Monday. It said “We have already initiated safety inspections and trial runs and are set to restart passenger operations from Monday,”. “Trains originating and ending their journey in Maharashtra will be allowed with immediate effect as per guidelines from Centre and state,” the guidelines issued for October stated.
The state had also allowed dine-in services to restart at restaurants, bars, and food courts from October 5, with maximum of 50 per cent occupancy. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and multiplexes, auditoriums, and assembly halls will continue to remain closed. Schools, colleges and educational coaching institutions will continue to remain shut till October 31
It, however, did not make it clear if common passengers would be allowed to use the services or whether it was restricted for essential services staff, like suburban locals.