NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): In a big relief to the people of NCR, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that the Delhi Metro will resume services from Monday. With Covid-19 cases continue to decline in the Capital, the unlock process has started gradually in Delhi and now Delhi Metro will also begin operation. However, the authorities capped the maximum capacity of the metro trains to 50% as operations of trains resume from Monday.
As said by Metro Rail News in previous news on resumption of Delhi Metro services from 7th of June, the announcement was finally made today as people are demanding and expecting for resumption of services of Delhi Metro, the lifeline of Delhi, which is not only imperative for Delhi but also to other NCR cities such as Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurugram etc.
In order to maintain social distancing, the seating arrangement of passengers leaving a seat in the coach will remain the same as before. Commuters must download the Arogya Setu App.
There will be thermal screening of passengers before entering the metro station. Metro stations may also get closed if social distancing protocols are not followed as done before also.
Citizens also want the strictness to continue but at the same time also want exemption in the metro for people who are travelling to get Covid-19 vaccination along with exemption to pregnant women.
On June 7, 2021, only half of the available trains will be inducted into service with a frequency ranging from approx. 5 to 15 min on different Lines. The number of trains will be inducted in full strength in a graded manner by Wednesday and thereafter, services will be available as per normal frequency which was available before the lockdown.
General public is advised to cooperate with the Metro authorities in ensuring compliance to Covid appropriate behaviour inside Metro premises throughout their travel.
Entry at stations will continue to be regulated through identified gates as was the practice earlier. DMRC is also writing to authorities for maintenance of law & order outside stations to handle the extra rush as services resume from Monday in the ongoing pandemic scenario.
Delhi Metro rail network is by far the largest and busiest metro system in India with a total length of 348 km along with 253 stations serving NCR with an average daily ridership of 4.7 million.