Sunday, April 25, 2021

Mumbai: Airport staff, though essential, barred from local trains

Mumbai: The state government has not included airport workers in its latest list of ‘essential services staff’ who can travel by suburban local trains.

From Thursday, hundreds of employees working at Mumbai airport for private airlines, airport operator and ground handling companies have been forced to rely on road transport for daily commute.

“The staff keep the airport running, and they fall under essential services. They have the central government’s ‘airport entry pass’ to enter the airport for jobs like aircraft-fuelling, cleaning and baggage loading, and without them no flights will operate from Mumbai airport,’’ said an airport staffer.

“Many reside in far-off places like Thane, Kalyan, Karjat, Kasara, Panvel, Pen, Vasai, Virar, Palghar and Dahanu. Since Thursday, they are not being allowed to enter railway stations. But Air India staff have been permitted to travel by local trains,’’ he added.

25/04/21 Manju V/Times of India

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