After resuming metro services in phased manners, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced that from 12th September it would be running the metro trains at regular timing that is from 6 am to 11 pm.
Starting from 20th September DMRC will run the metro trains from 8 am on Sundays. However, this Sunday that is on 13th September, the metro operations will start from 6 am, under the graded opening.
Earlier, on 7th September, DMRC had resumed services the metro operation which was stopped due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the national capital, since 22nd March.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued guidelines allowing the Metro service to resume operations but in a graded manner. As per the guidelines, the Metro operations will resume its services in three phases starting from 7th September to 12th September.
The guidelines further added that the frequency of the metro trains plying between different stations will resume pre-COVID levels.
At present all lines have resumed its operations while the Airport Express line from New Delhi to Dwarka Sec-21 will resume its services under phase three.
Thus, from 12th September all the 253 metro stations in Delhi will start functioning once again at pre-COVID levels. Delhi metro covers a distance of 349 km.
Under the new social distancing norms, the number of persons to be carried in the metro has significantly reduced. DMRC has also decided to run the peak hour frequency of trains from 8 am to 8 pm, doing away with the concept of off-peak hours from 11 am to 4 pm where services were available with fewer trains or trips earlier.
From 8 am to 8 pm, on all the main stretches of lines, the frequency will be in the range of 2 minutes and 45 sec to 6 minutes, the DMRC said.
From 8 pm to close of services, the frequency will be in the range of 3 minutes to 15 min as the trains are gradually returning to depots, it said.
The frequencies of the train running between the stations will range from 3 minutes to 15 min. On Thursday approximately 84,841 people traveled from the metro trains.