Delhi Metro resumes companies with strict security measures after 169-day Covid hiatus

New Delhi, September 7

The Delhi Metro resumed companies with curtailed operations on the Yellow Line on Monday after being closed for over 5 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as each the DMRC and the commuters trod with warning amid the brand new regular within the fast transport system.

The trains will function in batches of four-hour every from 7-11 am and 4-Eight pm, officers stated.

The companies resumed at 7 am with strict security and social distancing measures in place. The first trains left from Samaypur Badli station to HUDA City Centre station and concurrently from HUDA City Centre to Samaypur Badli, a senior official of DMRC stated.

“We are on our way. It’s been 169 days since we’ve seen you! Travel responsibly and commute if it’s only necessary. #MetroBackOnTrack,” the DMRC tweeted and posted a video clip of the primary practice leaving HUDA City Centre. No stations on the Yellow Line have been closed as none is in proximity to any containment zone, the official stated.

As the day started, some riders sporting protecting masks have been seen coming into the premises of key stations like Kashmere Gate and Hauz Khas on the Yellow Line, which connects Samyapur Badli in Delhi to HUDA City Centre in Gurugram.

“A few happy faces from our first journey after more than 5 months. #MetroBackOnTrack,” the DMRC stated in one other tweet and posted photos of some commuters sporting masks inside practice coaches.

On the station premises, passengers have been permitted to enter the concourse solely after temperature checks with thermal weapons and sanitisation of palms.

Hundreds of Delhi Metro floor workers and Central Industrial Security Force personnel wore face shields, masks and gloves as preventive measures towards the pathogen.

The Home Ministry had lately issued tips permitting metro companies within the nation to renew operations in a graded method, following which the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had stated it will be executed in three phases from September 7-12.

Under stage one, Yellow Line or Line 2 and Rapid Metro have been made operational with restricted service hours, a DMRC official stated.

Metro companies within the National Capital Region have been closed since March 22 because of the pandemic.

The DMRC has appealed to folks to make use of the fast transport provided that urgently wanted.

Wearing of masks inside practice coaches and station premises is necessary, and people discovered violating the rules could be fined.

The metro companies resumed a day after Delhi registered 3,256 new coronavirus circumstances, the best single-day spike in 72 days, taking the tally to over 1.91 lakh.

Commuters are returning to the Delhi Metro stations and coaches after an enormous hole of 169 days, with COVID-19 fully altering the paradigm of operations.

Use of Aarogya Setu App by commuters is advisable, the DMRC has stated.

In maintaining with the brand new regular, the Delhi Metro has taken a slew of measures to make sure least bodily contact for riders, like automated thermal screening-cum-sanitiser dispenser and lift-calling system pushed by a foot pedal at a number of stations.

Inside coaches, commuters are to sit down on alternate seats and preserve prescribed distance even whereas standing. Stickers have been put up on alternate seats and on platforms in order that riders adhere to social-distancing norms.

Special posters have been put up inside coaches and on station premises to lift consciousness, in addition to common bulletins on security norms.

The DMRC had additionally appealed to commuters on Sunday to “talk less inside trains to prevent the possibility of short-range aerosol transmission”.

Officials of the city transporter had earlier cautioned that “trains may not stop at some of the stations” if social-distancing norms weren’t adhered to.

“This is a new normal and an evolving scenario, so we will anyway be assessing the situation as we go along,” an official stated.

The DMRC has 10 strains spanning 242 stations, together with the Rapid Metro in Gurugram.

“Today and tomorrow, only the Yellow Line (49-km span with 37 stations — 20 underground and 17 elevated ones) will remain operational for a period of four hours each (7 am to 11 am) and (4 pm to 8 pm),” the DMRC stated.

“Trains will be available with a headway (frequency) varying from 2’44” to five’28” (at different stretches) with 57 trains performing around 462 trips. The same will be further extended in a graded manner from September 9-12 along with other lines,” it stated on Sunday.

Over a interval of subsequent 5 days, remainder of the strains can even be made operational with all security measures, officers stated.

In lifts, solely three folks at most can journey at a time. The stoppage period of trains at a station has been elevated from 10-15 seconds to 20-25 seconds, and at interchange services, from 35-40 seconds to 55-60 seconds.

“Commuters showing COVID-like symptoms will not be allowed to travel and they will be directed to the nearest heath care facility,” the official stated.

Inside stations, entries to which have been closely curtailed, the CISF workers carried out “contactless frisking” and purple strains drawn at a spot of 1 ft close to automated fare assortment gates and on the concourse.

Only sensible card customers have been allowed to journey, which will be recharged digitally with none human interface, the official stated, including tokens have been to not be issued as per the plan.

Recharge or buy of sensible playing cards at ticket merchandising machines or buyer care centre shall be by means of cashless mode solely, the official stated.

On common days, the common each day ridership of the Delhi Metro is over 26 lakh. PTI

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