The Ministry of Home Affairs had released Unlock 4.0 Guidelines on Saturday and it was announced that Metro services would be resumed in a graded manner from September 7. There are in total 17 metro corporations in India in cities like Bangalore and Delhi.
On Wednesday, the Centre issued guidelines to restart metro operations after a 5 months long hiatus.
Mangu Singh, Managing Director of DMRC also informed that the yellow line metro running between Samaypur Badli and Huda City Centre will start functioning from 7th September, in the respective shifts – 7-11 am and 4-8 pm.
Following are the guidelines:
- Metros will be sanitized at turnaround points and waiting time to be increased to 5-7 mins.
- Entry and Exit of Metro rail network at containment zones will remain shut
- Passengers are encouraged to use the Arogya Setu app and thermal Screening of the passengers will be ensured at security checks.
- In the first phase of reopening, Delhi Metro will operate in two shifts from 7 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 8 pm.
- Covid-19 preventive measures to be fully followed. Sanitizers to be provided for use by passengers at the entry and sanitization of areas having human interface needs to be done at regular intervals.
- The intake of the fresh air-conditioning system will be increased by the government.
- Metro users are also suggested to carry minimum baggage while traveling. They are also advised to carry no or less metallic goods in order to reduce the scanning time and process.
- Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign will be launched for the passengers and staff using electronic/print/social media, posters, banner, hoarding, website, etc.
- Metro rail corporations will also stay in close conversation with the local administration and the respective state police in order to manage the crowd using the metro station.
However, normal operations will begin from September 12, said Mangu Singh, Managing Director of DMRC.