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The Second Wave Of COVID-19 Halts Mumbai

With the second wave of COVID-19 looming large, the partial lockdown is taking a heavy toll on the pace of Mumbaikars lives

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Niloy Chattaraj
Niloy Chattaraj
COO of Transcontinental Times, A double gold medalist engineer who covers social issues, science, and Indian history.

INDIA. Mumbai: The financial capital of India is finding it very difficult to recover itself post-COVID-19 situations. The deserted look from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Railway station to the Gateway of India, they all are telling the sorrowful pictures of the struggling episodes of economical recovery. Mumbai is known for its vibrant and round -the -clock activities throughout the year. But right now, it is struggling as far as daily activities are concerned.

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With the second wave of COVID-19 looming large, the partial lockdown is taking a heavy toll on the pace of Mumbaikars lives. With local trains not operating daily, commuters are finding it difficult to move to their jobs. Along with this, the local taxi drivers are allowed to take only three customers at a time. Due to this, the movements of people have become very much restricted nowadays. With closed markets, Mumbai has seen a major change and it is very different from ‘pre-COVID-19 Mumbai’.

Deserted look of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). / Photo Credit: Niloy Chattaraj

Local people of Mumbai struggling and facing financial problems. Daily wage workers have been affected the most by the COVID-19 pandemic. Local shop owners, boat owners, taxi drivers, etc have faced the wrath of COVID-19 as their daily income came to a halt.

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Talking to Transcontinental Times a boatman named Shahbaaz said, “Earlier, there were many tourists throughout the day for the ferries and boats. But right now, very few tourists are eager to visit for the sea – sightings.”

Talking about his situation Gyanendra Pandey, a taxi driver in said, “Our lives are quite miserable now, the new norms are making it very difficult to make both ends meet.” Hotels of Mumbai are also struggling. With almost no tourists in the city of dreams, hotels’ management is finding it difficult to pay their staff members.”

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Everybody wants life to return to normalcy but, the COVID-19 second wave has made it very difficult. The only positive thing is the starting of BEST(Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport) buses for local traveling, albeit with COVID-19 norms.

Mumbai has seen many difficult times previously and came out triumphantly. But the present pandemic has been the greatest hurdle for the ‘Mumbaikars’. Hopefully, this time also Mumbai will rise against all the odds.

Significant decline in Mumbai’s traffic even during rush hours. / Photo Credit: Niloy Chattaraj


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