Mumbai: Students appearing for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) exams will be able to travel by local trains in Mumbai.
In a joint statement released late on Monday night, Central and Western Railways said that the students need to be accompanied by their parents and carry their hall tickets to be allowed to travel on suburban trains. This comes as a major relief to the students in the city and suburbs as reaching exam centres had become a major problem due to travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
Central and Western Railways said that extra booking counters will be opened and the frequency of suburban train services will be increased to avoid possible congestion at the railway station. The passengers have been urged to abide by the rules promulgated by the state government on health as well as social norms during the outbreak.
The development cam after home department of the central government has directed the Railways to allow students taking JEE and NEET exams to travel by Mumbai Suburban trains on the basis of their admit cards. In a letter to Vinod Kumar Yadav, chairman of Railway Board, on Monday home secretary Ajay Bhalla has also asked him to increase the frequency of local trains as many students will be travelling from the suburban areas of the city.