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Mumbai employees of Central Railway will have flexible working hours.

Mumbai employees of Central Railway will have flexible working hours

Approximately 4,000 Central Railway employees in Mumbai may soon work flexible hours. Employees will have the option of working from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. beginning November 1, 2023.

At the start of each month, employees can choose which slot they want to work in. That means they can switch slots at the beginning of the month if they want to. In the middle of the month, no changes will be considered.

Employees will be able to avoid commuting during rush hours, when the likelihood of an accident increases.

The idea of providing flexibility was first proposed about eight years ago, when accidents on Mumbai’s local trains had increased, primarily due to overcrowding. Many commuters had even been thrown from moving and overcrowded trains. At the time, the government urged even private-sector employers to embrace flexible working in order to reduce crowding on local trains.

The Central Railway’s offer of flexibility will benefit staff members who would otherwise struggle to travel via local trains during rush hours. Almost 60 lakh people use the local trains to commute across Mumbai on a daily basis, using the western and central lines.

The workers and their unions see this as a positive step forward. They believe that over time, authorities will be able to develop different fares for peak and off-peak hours. If rush-hour tickets are made more expensive, private companies may reconsider their work schedules to avoid peak hours.

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