Suburban train travel is currently restricted for the general public in view of the coronavirus
Employees of nationalised banks are already allowed to travel by trains.
On the Maharashtra government’s request, 10 per cent of the total staff strength of co-operative and private banks will be permitted to travel by local trains, a joint release issued by the Central and Western Railways stated.
The selected 10 per cent staff will need to obtain QR ID codes from the state government. Until then, those with valid identity cards can buy tickets and travel, said Shivaji Sutar, CPRO, CR.
Both WR and CR officers, however, questioned the absurdity of the decision.
“How do we decide what constitutes 10 per cent? And how will be execute this order? The state had presented no further explanation,” said a senior railway official.
CR to increase trains
Day after WR added 150 local trains to its roster, a senior CR officer said that to cope with the situation, they were also planning to introduce more services by next week.
“If all goes according to plan, around 50 more local services are likely to inducted by Tuesday or Wednesday on CR’s suburban routes,” said an official.
Currently, CR is running 355 local services for essential workers.
According to data, the number of commuters has increased drastically in September on suburban routes as the country eases into Unlock 4.
Between June 15 and September 17, a total of around 2 crore lakh passengers have used CR services.