The Metro services were halted due to the Coronavirus imposed a lockdown for over five months. Now, the Bengaluru metro services will begin to operate from September 7, in phases. The Namma Metro services will resume from September 7 on the purple line but the green line metro services will begin from September 9.
About The Timings
In the first phase, the metro six coach train will operate from 8 to 11 am and 4:30 to 7:30 pm on the east-west route (purple line)
In the second phase, the service will also start operating on the north-south route (green line) for about three hours at the same timings.
Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) given these details in a statement.
“With effect from September 11, 2020, trains on both the lines will operate from 7 am to 9 pm with a peak hour frequency of five minutes and non-peak hour frequency of 10 minutes,” BL Yeshwanth Chavan, Chief Public Relations Officer, BMRCL said.
Important points to be noted
The BMRCL informed that the commuters will have to use only smart cards with online recharge to avoid any physical contact at the metro stations. No tokens will be issued at the metro station by the staff members of the metro. The official said that only travelers carrying smart cards with online recharge will be allowed to travel.
BMRCL gave guidelines that the face Masks will be necessary while traveling as well at the metro premises. Passengers are advised to use a hand sanitizer provided to them at the entrance of the metro station and they should also be advised using the Aarogya Setu app.
Namma Metro will start operating with 20 percent occupancy of the total train with maintaining appropriate social distancing norms inside the coaches. The number of passengers allowed per train is 400 only.
Every passenger is advised to stand at the yellow markings at the entry of the stations, at entry and at exit of the Automated fare collection (AFC) gates, and at the platform. Also, The BMRCL said every passenger inside the metro station should maintain at least 2 meters distance to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus.
Also, the BMRCL official will ensure that there are not more than 50 commuters at the platforms and the entry to the stations and will be regulated regularly by the officials.
Alternative seats have to be taken and standing will be allowed at the marked area.
Elderly persons above 65 years of age and children below 10 years of age have been advised to avoid traveling in metro trains