As Mumbai prepares to resume commuter train services for the fully vaccinated public from August 15, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday kicked off an offline verification process for fully vaccinated people and began issuing monthly passes at 53 stations.
“… in order to allow citizens to travel on local trains and obtain a monthly rail pass, an offline verification process for the final COVID-19 vaccination (completed 14 days after the second dose) will begin to from August 11 at 53 railway stations in BMC’s area of jurisdiction and a total of 109 stations in the Mumbai metropolitan area. It will be operational in two consecutive sessions from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., “said the commissioner of BMC, Iqbal Singh Chahal.
“… This will be facilitated both online and offline. The process of creating an application and starting the online process may take a little longer. Therefore, the offline process will start from the August 11, so that the Mumbaikars are not embarrassed. “, Added Mr. Chahal.
The offline process of issuing monthly season passes will continue seven days a week, until further notice.
Mr. Chahal informed that the process will begin at 53 suburban train stations in BMC’s area of jurisdiction, including Central, West and Harbor Line stations.
“Citizens who have completed 14 days after receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can go to the nearest train station with a paper copy of the final vaccination certificate (second dose) as well as a piece of identification with Photo. Citizens should note that if they do not have both or even one of these documents, they will be refused entry by the railway administration at the station ”, reads the opinion of the BMC.
In addition, he was informed that the desks will be operational in two consecutive sessions, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. “The BMC or the local self-government staff concerned at the help desk will check the validity of the final vaccination certificate (second dose) of the citizen concerned on the CoWin application. They will also check the proof of identity with photo. Once the verification is complete and both documents are found to be valid, the certificate and proof of identity will be stamped in the prescribed format, ”he said.
Once the COVID certificate was stamped, a monthly rail pass would be issued by the railways, based on it. It is important to note that the pass will only be valid from August 15th.
The notice also mentioned that those who are not vaccinated, or who have just received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine, would not be allowed to travel on commuter trains at this time.
“Strict police action under the Epidemic Control Law / Disaster Management Law / Indian Penal Code will be taken if a citizen tries to produce a fake / fake COVID vaccination certificate,” the BMC opinion.
Essential service workers and government, semi-government employees have been allowed to travel on local trains regardless of Covid vaccination.
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