- Railways stop sale of platform tickets at 6 stations including Mumbai CSMT
- Earlier authority hiked the price of platform tickets at some key stations to discourage people from going to platform
- The direction of stopping sale of platform tickets will come into effect from today
As COVID-19 cases skyrockets across the state of Maharashtra, the railways have decided to stop the sale of platform tickets at six stations in the latest effort to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The platforms where the sale of platform tickets would be stooped are – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kalyan, Thane, Dadar, Panvel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
The Central Railways stated that the directions will be in place with immediate effect from Friday itself
Shivaji Sutar, Chief Spokesperson for Central was quoted by the news agency PTI as, “The decision has been taken to avoid unnecessary crowding and ensuring social distancing at stations during the current summer rush”.
Earlier the authority hiked the price of platform tickets at some key station under the Bhusawal, Mumbai and Nagpur divisions to discourage people from buying the platform tickets and avoid overcrowding.
Because of the spiking infections, the Mumbai civic authorities have also imposed some curbs in the city closing all markets and shops till 30 April.
The authorities have also hinted that the local train services might be discontinued for the general public.
The Minister of State, Vijay Wadettiwar said, “The state government decided to resume the local train services as people were losing out on their jobs.
“Now that the services have resumed, it is again starting to get crowded. Because of this, Covid cases have started increasing again. Local should be shut down completely or the restrictions imposed on local trains should be reinstated as in the past.
“The state government is considering implementing some restrictions”.
Kishori Pednekar, Mayor of Mumbai, earlier had said that the train services could be restricted to only essential services staff only as in the past.
On Thursday, Mumbai reported 8,938 fresh cases of COVID-19 which is a slight drop from more than 10,000 infections the city reported on the previous 2 days, also the civic body said Mumbai saw 23 fresh fatalities.
As per the updated data from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), with the addition of 8,938 cases, the city’s Covid-19 tally surged to 4,91,698, while the death toll jumped to 11,874.
The financial capital of India had reported 10,428 new Covid-19 cases and 23 fatalities on Wednesday and 10,030 infections and 31 deaths on Tuesday.
Looking on the state level, Maharashtra reported 56,286 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, which took its caseload to 32,29,547, while 376 additional fatalities due to the infection took the death toll to 57,028, the health department said.
On Wednesday, the state had recorded the highest daily count of 59,907 cases and 322 fatalities.
A total of 36,130 patients recuperated and got discharge from hospitals on Thursday, due to which the state’s recovery count reached 26,49,757.