JAIPUR (Metro Rail News): After more than five months, Jaipur Metro services will resume from September 23 onwards. The train will be operational on the entire stretch from Chandpole to Baddi Chaupar. The newly constructed underground corridor will be inaugurated by chief minister Ashok Gehlot around noon. Before operations were closed due to lockdown, only phase-I (Mansarovar to Chandpole) was open.
“The operations will start around 3 pm. The ministry of housing and urban affairs and ministry of railways have allowed the Metro to operate in a calibrated manner. We will follow the same protocol”, said an official.
To ensure social distancing, suitable markings at stations and inside trains will be done. Wearing masks will mandatory for all passengers and staff. “Unlike other cities, Jaipur Metro does not have huge ridership. Provisions such as sitting on alternate seats will be made. But there will be no requirement to skip stations in containment zones,” He added.
Jaipur Metro will ferry commuters from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar at Rs 6 on the 2.4km underground corridor. The fare for the entire 12.06 km corridor (Mansarovar to Chandpole) will be Rs 22. The new corridor could give a fresh lease of life to JMRC as it can increase its ridership once operational. In the absence of Phase 1B, the performance of Phase 1A of Jaipur Metro was ‘poor’ as the average ridership dipped.
In the Pre COVID days, an average 20,000 passengers used the Metro daily against the projected figure of 1 lakh. The future depends solely on the way, the Metro operates in the coming days.