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Fully-vaccinated Mumbaikars can board local trains from August 15

People who have taken their second dose of the Covid vaccine will have to wait for two more weeks before they become fully eligible to travel on local trains.

Fully vaccinated people can board Mumbai local trains from August 15-VPN
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Mumbai, First Published Aug 8, 2021, 9:46 PM IST
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For those in Mumbai anxiously awaiting the city's lifeline -- its local trains -- to start running once again, here's some good news.

From August 15, fully-vaccinated passengers can travel on Mumbai's local trains. As of now, only personnel employed in essential services and government departments are allowed to board the train service. 

To note, people who have taken their second dose of the Covid vaccine will have to wait for two more weeks before they become fully eligible to travel on local trains.

An announcement in this regard was made by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday.

The chief minister informed that a QR code on monthly passes, which will be available on smartphones and suburban railway stations, will verify if the person is fully vaccinated or not.

The chief minister, in a televised broadcast, said that the state was mulling granting relaxation from Covid restrictions to malls, shops, restaurants and places of religious worship.

The final decision in this regard would be taken when the state Covid task force meets on Monday.

The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has been seeking the resuming of local train services, which normally carry over 70 lakh passengers daily.

However, the state government said that public safety was its priority and clarified that it did not want to take any decision in haste that could complicate the Covid situation.

The state government, as part of its unlock plan, eased level 3 curbs in at least 25 districts of the state that had low positivity rates. It permitted essential and non-essential shops to operate till 8 pm on weekdays. 

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