Metro resume services with strict safety measures after 169 days | Metro is back on track

Metro is back on track . Metro resumes services ! From today, metro services have resumed after being suspended for 169 days. After remaining shut for over five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metro train services resumed in most of the cities on Monday on a cautious note amid a slew of measures for the safety of passengers and staff.

With the Centre issuing guidelines for their resumption under Unlock 4, the rapid transit networks started operations in a graded manner in Delhi-NCR, Lucknow, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, but were still closed in Mumbai, Nagpur, Kolkata and Jaipur.

Passenger traffic was thin on the first day as many commuters said that they were still not sure if taking public transport was safe due to the risk of infection. Stickers and markings were seen both in trains and on platforms so that passengers maintain social distancing.Metro authorities said that they were encouraging commuters to go for cashless/online ticket transactions.



Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Monday, expressed his happiness over the resumption of the Metro, adding there should be no negligence in following precautions against Covid-19.“I am happy Metro (services) starts today. Metro has made good arrangements. We also must not show negligence in following the precautions,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

The Delhi metro , known to be the lifeline of the national capital, Metro is back on track once again from monday after coming to a screeching halt for almost five months due to covid pandemic. The resumption of services in a phased manner has come at a time when reports suggest that Delhi is witnessing ‘second wave’ of viral infection.

On Monday and Tuesday, only the yellow line, covering 49 kilometre with 37 stations consisting of 20 underground and 17 elevated stations, will remain operational for a period of four hours each in the morning from 7 am to 11 am and evening from 4 pm to 8 pm.

The main purpose to resume the metro services partially is to restart our economy, while also keeping in mind the huge loss incurred by the corporation in the last few months.

To regulate flow of passengers with social distancing norms, only one or two gates will be kept open for entry and exit of passengers at a station. Metro is back on track , though DMRC is making all efforts to provide passengers a continous and relaxing travel experience. Also the dwell time is also increased by 10-20 seconds at stations for boarding and deboarding to ensure proper social distancing measures.

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