Mumbai's arterial suburban train network will be open from August 15 to fully vaccinated people 14 days after their second jab, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced on Sunday, easing more COVID-19 curbs but imploring people not to let their guard down. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said, citizens should not indulge in altercations, as long queues are likely at ticket  counters. People should cooperate and follow the COVID-19 norms. QR codes will help the railway authorities to verify the authenticity of the people travelling in the local trains
        The Health Minister of Maharashtra Rajesh Tope has clarified, on Tuesday. Speaking about the same, Top said, "We are not saying no, but the decision for relaxation in local trains has been put on hold. Many aspects have to be considered before taking a call. The CM will discuss it further," . A monthly train pass will be issued to those who are eligible to travel. Passengers who have a smartphone can download the pass through a dedicated mobile app after providing the proof of vaccination.
        Others can obtain photo passes from municipal ward offices as well as suburban railway stations. Thackeray also urged people to follow COVID-19 safety rules. "We all know that we have not yet fully recovered from the second wave. There is also the risk of a potential third wave. The central government has also repeatedly warned you about this."
        The state government has appealed to the Centre to increase the supply of vaccines, and the authorities are also focusing on ways to increase vaccination through CSR funds.