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Local trains to restart services from October 12

Local train services will continue from October 12. Notwithstanding, just government workers occupied with fundamental administrations will be permitted to go on them.

The railroads are likley to work two local people — one from Pune to Lonavla and the other from Lonavla to Pune. An uncommon QR code-based pass gave by the Pune police commissionerate will be needed to go on local trains, rail specialists said on Monday.

“We are currently preparing the timetable. Those not engaged in essential services should not come to the station as they will not be allowed to travel on local trains,” said Manoj Jhawar, public relations officer, Pune rail division.

The state government declared resumption of train benefits a week ago under the most recent open rules.

Pune police chief Amitabh Gupta disclosed to TOI that letters were sent to all administration offices on Monday, mentioning them to send subtleties of workers occupied with basic administrations. “However, we haven’t received any request until now. The government offices may take some time to reply to our letters,” he said.

Railroad sources revealed to TOI that two local people are probably going to be worked — one from Pune to Lonavla and the other from Lonavla to Pune. “While one train is likely to leave Pune for Lonavla in the morning, another rake is expected return from Lonavla during the same time. The same arrangement is likely to be carried out in the evening. The final order about the trains will be issued in a day or two,” another authority said.

“The QR code on passes will have all the information about passengers, including name, type of work etc. Only those with passes will be allowed to enter the platform and board the train,” the rail official said.

During pre-Covid times, five rakes made 42 nearby excursions inside the Pune division, mostly among Pune and Lonavla. Upwards of 80,000 to 90,000 travelers went on these trains every day.

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