Metro services will resume in a phased manner from September 7 across the country, but commuters will have to take care of precautionary measures such as social distancing and masks.
Union Urban and Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in an online briefing on Wednesday that operations on all metro lines will be restored by September 12.
However, he said that the metro stations in the containtment zone will still remain closed.
According to the ministry, trains will not stop at stations where passengers will be found to be ignoring the rules of social dissing.
Hardeep Puri said that it would be mandatory to have face masks while travelling on Metro trains.
He also said that arrangements will be made to purchase masks for passengers at metro stations.
Metro services were suspended since the country announced a lockdown in the late weeks of March.
Metro services in the capital region of Delhi have been suspended since March 22.
Mangu Singh, head of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, said metro services will initially run in two shifts – from 7 am to 11 pm and from 4 am to 8 pm.
The Maharashtra government has decided not to run the Metro. The state government will take a decision on it in October.
— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) September 2, 2020
Guidelines issued by central government (for all metro services in the country)
- Only people without symptoms will be allowed to travel by metro.
- A passenger will be allowed to travel by metro only after thermal screening.
- Metro trains can’t even stop at stations to follow social distancing.
- Marking will also be done inside all stations and trains for social distancing.
- Social distancing will also be taken care of while climbing and descending on the train.
- All passengers and staff will need to wear masks.
- At least luggage and no metal goods will be allowed to be carried during the journey.
- The use of Arogya Setu app will be promoted.
- There will be a provision of sanitizers for passengers at the entrance of metro stations.
- All stations will be sanitized from time to time.
- Smart card and online transactions will be promoted.
Guidelines for Delhi Metro
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has issued separate guidelines for passengers. They also have instructions other than the centre’s guidelines.
- In Delhi Metro, passengers will be able to pay through smart cards or cashless methods. The token arrangement is not currently in put in.
- Entry and exit gates in the container zone will remain closed
- Not all gates of the station will open at the moment.
- Entry and exit gates at stations will vary.
- The volume of fresh air in AC will be increased.
- The Delhi Metro service will run from 7 am to 11 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm.
- The metro service will start with the yellow line on September 7.
- The Blue Line service will start from September 9.
- The service will also start on the Red, Green and Purple line from September 10.
- Lines 8 and 9 will be opened from September 11.
- The Airport Express line will open from September 12.