Mumbai, Oct. 15 -- Maharashtra on Wednesday allowed Metro rail services to resume, among other relaxations from Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, as it kept to its declining trend of cases at 10,552 new infections, which pushed the tally to 1,554,389. The Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which runs the city's lone Metro line, between Ghatkopar and Versova, said it would begin operations in a graded manner from Monday, October 19, at 8.30am.

The state as part of Mission Begin Again - a staggered plan to lift curbs - has allowed restarting of Metro, reopening of all libraries, extending operational hours of shops from October 15 (see box). The government, however, has left out the reopening of places of worship in the new order, despite press...