Mumbai local trains for everyone: Aaditya Thackeray hints at relaxations in 2-3 days | Bombay News
As Bharatiya Janata party leaders staged Rasta-Roko and Rail-Bharo protests in various parts of Mumbai demanding that the general public be allowed to use local rail services, Minister of State Aaditya Thackeray hinted that the State may allow fully vaccinated people to use local trains soon.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in a meeting with representatives of hotel and restaurant owner associations, however, said there would be no immediate increase in restaurant opening hours and that the state would review the situation in areas where releases were provided earlier this week, and in areas where the situation is still serious before allowing more hours of operation for restaurants.
The demand for opening local trains in Mumbai has increased on all sides, as has the demand for more opening hours for restaurants / eateries in Mumbai and other areas, additional opening hours for stores and establishments in neighborhoods where Covid activity is still high.
The state government on August 2 announced relaxations in 25 districts, but kept 11 districts under level three restrictions because weekly positivity and growth rates were above the state’s overall averages. In Mumbai, restaurants are allowed to operate until 4 p.m.
Maharashtra, meanwhile, has reported 5,539 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours. The state recorded fewer than 6,000 cases after a four-day gap. Maharashtra added 187 new deaths, bringing the toll to 133,717. Active cases in the state stood at 74,483. In the past 24 hours, the state has tested 210,425 samples and recorded a rate of 2.63% positivity. Mumbai, meanwhile, added 307 new cases. Active cases in the city stood at 5,147. Mumbai has reported eight deaths, bringing the death toll to 15,937.
Reacting to opposition protests, Aaditya, who heads the environment and tourism departments, said they “should act responsibly” as the state must exercise caution and make decisions based on the situation. “I think we have to act responsibly. In other countries where vaccination has been done [to a large extent], as in the United States and the United Kingdom, the cases are increasing again. We are concerned about people’s lives. About [restarting] railways, we’ve been having deliberations for a few weeks. Over the next two or three days, you will learn what relaxations can be given to the doubly vaccinated population, not only on trains, but in other activities as well. We are discussing these matters carefully and you will find out soon, ”Aaditya said on Friday.
Aaditya further said that the state government’s primary goal is to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 infection in Maharashtra. “It is important that we exercise caution and do not come to a state where hospitals need to be refilled again. To that end, we have to look at the situation and work… We have also increased hospitals, medical facilities and oxygen supply, but it should be our first responsibility that people do not get the infection, ”he said. -he declares.
Relatives of Chief Minister Thackeray said he could address the state on Sunday to brief people on the government’s decision on further easing and to appease traders and small business owners.
Senior state officials said the government was inclined to only allow people who took the two hits, as the opening of trains to everyone in February resulted in the second wave of Covid-19 infections in the ‘Status earlier than expected. The chief minister was reluctant to reopen local trains, but after Bombay’s High Court asked the state to consider allowing fully vaccinated people, decision-making is picking up speed, senior officials said. the state.
“The recommendation that came from the two departments [health and relief and rehabilitation] is to allow only fully vaccinated people. Trains currently carry around 700,000 passengers a day and we cannot allow everyone to travel as that would increase the risk. If we remember, the second wave arrived earlier as the trains were open for everyone from February. Only double vaccinated people should be allowed. The availability of vaccines is much better now, unlike in June. This decision will encourage people to get vaccinated, ”the senior official said on condition of anonymity, adding that the CM would make a decision in a few days.
Another senior official said the state government would hold talks with those on the move railroad officials. “We are considering community cards identifying people as fully vaccinated, but the check will have to be carried out by the railways. Since they do random passenger screening for tickets and seasonal passes, they can do this for this as well. Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to verify everyone, ”the second official said.
Thackeray in a meeting with hotel and restaurant associations said they must proceed with caution as they say they want to keep the possible third wave of Covid infections as low as possible. Representatives of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (Ahar), Hotel Owners Association, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) and others met with Thackeray at the Varsha Bungalow, CM’s official residence to demand an increase in restaurant hours.
A statement from the chief minister’s office quoted Thackeray: “We want to restart everything as it was before Covid. At the moment, we have foreseen some relaxation in the curbs in the first phase. In this, we have given more relaxation to open spaces or outdoor activities. We must take careful measures regarding indoor activities. There was a huge demand for oxygen supply in the second wave, the Center has already said that the third wave may require more oxygen. We will look at the situation, including the rate of infections and active cases, in areas where relaxations have been granted. “