Coronavirus Outbreak: Mumbai Local Trains, Buses To Continue Operations For Now
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 17, Mar 2020, 19:30 pm IST | UPDATED: 17, Mar 2020, 19:30 pm IST
Mumbai: Amid the increasing positive cases of novel Coronavirus in Maharahstra, the state government on Tuesday made it clear that Mumbai's lifeline, the local train services, will not be suspended and run as per schedule. Speaking to reporters after a high-end meeting to decide on measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that public transport in Mumbai including local trains will remain open and operate as per schedule.
"Trains and buses are essential services so we are not stopping them as of now but if people don't listen to our advice and don't avoid unnecessary travel, then we will think about that too. Next 15-20 days are very crucial for us," Thackeray said.
The Shiv Sena chief also said that the government would be forced to take the "harsh decision" to stop bus and train services in Mumbai if people don't avoid unnecessary travel.
Thackeray also appealed people to avoid unnecessary travel and gathering. He said there would be no holiday for seven days to government offices as was reported in a section of media. Thackeray the administration was working on allowing functioning of government offices with 50 per cent strength.
Mumbai Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh informed about the decision taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led state government. Shaikh stated that already all private companies, malls etc. have been shut by the administration in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak.
However, a formal announcement regarding the decision is yet to be made by the Maharashtra government. Shaikh also said that local trains, buses, Mumbai metro rail, Monorail and other public modes of transport in the state will continue operations as per schedule.