Face masks, sanitisation: Hyderabad metro resumes service with restrictions

Delhi Metro set to resume services from tomorrow after 169-day hiatus

Delhi Metro set to resume services from tomorrow after 169-day hiatus

"Special arrangements are made as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to ensure the safety of commuters and our staff", a metro official told IANS here.

As the service is being resumed after 5 months when it was suspended on March 25 for the first time due to the lockdown to contain the pandemic, the 6-coach trains will operate during peak hours from 8-11 am and 4:30-7:30pm on the east-west route (purple line). Social distancing markers have been placed on alternate seats to maintain sufficient gap between passengers inside the train. In case a visitor has high temperature or shows any other medical symptom, the person will be taken to the isolation room at the station and provided medical assistance, informed Reddy, who appealed to the people with COVID-like symptoms like fever, cold and cough to avoid travel on the metro. Frequency of trains was around five minutes, and stations in containment zones were closed. Sanitisers will be kept at the entrance of the stations.

In the third phase from September 11, the service will operate on both the lines for 14 hours from 7am to 9pm daily. It will be improved or decreased based on passenger traffic and to avoid crowding, said NVS Reddy, the managing director of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL).

Under stage one of the graded plan of the DMRC, Yellow Line or Line 2 and Rapid Metro were made operational on Monday with restricted service hours, a senior official of DMRC said.

Commuters are returning to the Delhi Metro stations and coaches after a huge gap of 169 days, with COVID-19 completely changing the paradigm of operations.

For many in the city, metro trains will not just be the convenient option once again but may also work out to be significantly cheaper than some other modes of transport like radio cabs.

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In keeping with the new normal, the Delhi Metro has taken a slew of measures to ensure least physical contact for riders, like automated thermal screening-cum-sanitiser dispenser and lift-calling system driven by a foot pedal at several stations. I request people to follow all the protocols and not to compromise on social distancing norm while standing at the platforms and also inside the train.

The DMRC has 10 lines spanning 242 stations, and 264 stations including the Rapid Metro in Gurgaon.

According to BMRCL, the dwell time in each station will be 60 seconds so that passengers shall maintain social distancing while boarding and deboarding.

Over a period of next five days, rest of the lines will also be made operational with all safety measures, officials said.

Security checks a passenger before at Delhi Metro starting from Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre) on Monday. The authorities will encourage the use of smart cards and mobile QR tickets with cashless/online transactions.

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