As and when the lockdown would open traveling in your go-to public transport would not be the same. Yes, your traveling in Delhi metro would not be the same as before. No ‘Dhakka Mukki’ at Rajiv Chowk and no overcrowding inside the train.
Well, all this would come true if the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) prepared proposal would come in effect. The paramilitary force guarding the Delhi Metro network has proposed the measures for the safeguard from COVID-19.
Here are some of the key proposals:
- Deployment of about 12,000 men and women personnel to guard over 160 metro stations
- Start of services in a phased manner
- Aarogya Setu app with inbuilt e-pass feature could be employed for identification of suspected persons
- Wearing a mask to be mandatory for passengers
- Hand sanitization or washing facility to be available at the entry points
- Thermal screening at the entry point to the station
- Those with abnormal temperatures, old, cough, and other flu-like symptoms would not be allowed entry
- The distance from the place of security screening to the start of the line will be 2 meters, while it will be mandatory to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter between passenger
The decision in regards to the implementation of the proposals can be taken only after consultation with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Ministry of Urban Development. Keeping in mind the huge ridership of metro the proposal by CISF would come in effective for tackling COVID-19’s spread.