After almost 169 days, Delhi Metro resumed with social distancing guidelines. Around 7,500 travellers via metro on the first day of reopening and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) sold as many as 1115 smart cards.
Along with Delhi, metro services also resumed in Lucknow, Chennai and Bengaluru. In Lucknow, some 2,500 passengers used the metro, and the participation was similar in Chennai and Bengaluru.
In Delhi, the first train to restart operation is the Yellow line. Other lines are expected to resume in a graded manner from September 9 to 12. The passengers have been advised to avoid travelling as far as possible.
The travellers were allowed to walk into the stations only if they had downloaded the Aarogya Setu app, had their temperature checked and sanitised their hands. The authorities have also put up stickers on alternate seats to ensure that passengers sit on the alternate chairs and adhere to the social distancing norms.
The dwell time in the trains has also been increased by 10-20 seconds at stations for boarding-deboarding the train to ensure social distancing which has also increased the total travel time by a few minutes in a journey.
The Coronavirus crisis has drastically reduced the carrying capacity of the train to 20% of the pre-COVID period. On average, the Delhi metro used to be occupied by around 26 lakh users a day before the pandemic.
The DMRC informed that the authorities would start certain empty trains terminal stations to prevent overcrowding in trains/stations. Officials had also cautioned that trains might not stop at some stations if the passengers did not observe the social distancing norms. займ 911займ круглосуточнозайм онлайн на карту срочно без отказа sms финанс займзайм под залог птс барнаулонлайн займ 24