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Mar 19, 2020

Good response to appeal against non-essential travel: Maha Govt

The Maharashtra Government yesterday claimed that its appeal to people to avoid non-essential traveling to avoid Corona virus infection has received a good response. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office said, the number of passengers of the Western Railway dropped by 27 per cent, while those traveling by state transport buses decreased by 51 per cent. It said that
Mumbai Metro too recorded 40 per cent reduction in the number of commuters.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Government has decided to keep government offices functional with 50 per cent attendance and reduce passenger load on public transport services, including suburban trains, as part of efforts to enforce social distancing and contain spread of the Corona virus.

After chairing a review meeting in Mumbai last evening, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that half of the staff in government offices will work in rotation and come to work on alternate days. Mr Thackeray told reporters that the need of the hour is to control crowding. He said, the suburban trains which are termed as Mumbai's lifelines, state-run buses and private ones will run only with 50 per cent of their seating capacity. He added that in buses operated by Mumbai's civic transport undertaking BEST, commuters will not be allowed to stand while instructions will be given to them to sit at a distance from each other.

In yet another step to avoid crowding and mingling of large numbers of people, the Chief Minister said that the timings of shops will be decided in such a way that they remain open by turn from morning to evening. He also said that the timings of markets, during which they will be allowed to remain open, will also be decided. Mr Thackeray informed that adequate isolation and quarantine wards are kept ready to deal with the Corona virus situation. He stated that safety of medical staff treating patients is being taken care of.

The Chief Minister appealed to people not to hoard essential commodities in the prevailing situation. Besides, he gave instructions to officials to ensure necessary medical equipment are available in clinics, medical colleges and health centres.

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