As Unlock 4 is active and running, the government of India has given a free hand to states to operate metros wherever available. Noting this, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is finally set to open the services for the public from September 7.
However, there are fresh guidelines that have been laid for anyone who wishes to commute on a metro. Have a look:
Timings: The metro services will not resume completely but in phases. Metro service will begin from 7 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 8 pm till September 10. It is to be noted that the Yellow Line of Delhi Metro railways which operated from Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre will be opened in phase I.
Routes: After taking a review of the operation and the passengers opting for the metro, DMRC will introduce Red Line (Ghaziabad to Rithala), the Bahadurgarh line, and the Faridabad line from September 10. Later from September 11, DMRC will operate between 7 am to 1 pm, 4 pm to 10 pm. On September 12, the Delhi Metro will operate from 6 am to 11 pm, and Airport Express Line will also reopen. Routes including Blue Line, Pink Line & Gurgaon Line will commence service from September 9.
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Entry & Exit: There are mostly 4 gates for entry and exit at any metro station and these will be strictly operated. As per the reports, the frequency of trains will also be regulated and only asymptomatic patients will be allowed.
Safety Net: Alterannte seats will have to be left vacant when commuting on Delhi Metro. All passengers will be thermal scanned and if any show signs of fever or other symptoms will be sent to the nearest medical centre. Sanitiser dispensers and thermal scanners will be available for use at all stations.
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No Tokens: No tokens will be issued to passengers due to a high risk of virus spreading. There will be a system of purchasing smart-cards at every station.
Mask is mandatory: Wearing a mask is mandatory and one should themselves try to maintain social distance or metro arrangement staff will look into it.
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Stoppages: The time of stoppage has been extended to 30 seconds to ensure social distancing. The intake of fresh air will be 50 to 60 per cent more, so one can expect less cooling. Travellers will be monitored stringently and any kind of negligence will not be tolerated.