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Prabhu for staggered work hrs to tackle commuter rush

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to explore the possibility of introducing staggered work hours for office-goers in Mumbai, which he said will reduce the peak hour rush in suburban trains.

“I requested the CM to have staggered office timing (for people in Mumbai). If we can stagger the office timing, the load will automatically go down. The CM agreed to consider this request favourably,” Prabhu told reporters after a lengthy meeting with Fadnavis here.

Asked if the staggered office timings, when implemented, will also be applicable to those working in private sector or will it be restricted only for government staff, Prabhu said, “It will be applicable to everyone (all suburban train commuters in Mumbai).”

Prabhu said railways are proposing two major elevated roads, one from CST to Panvel and another from Churchgate to Virar.
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