New Delhi: The Delhi Metro, which was suspended since March 22 due to coronavirus pandemic, has resumed its service on Monday i.e. September 7 from Yellow Line (Samyapur Badli to HUDA City Centre) in a staggered manner. As a precautionary measure and to avoid human contact, automatic thermal scanners were placed at the platforms along with sanitiser dispensing machines for the passengers and the staff.
Initially, the Metro will be running in two slots from 7 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 8 pm till September 10. Only Yellow Line of Delhi Metro railways — from Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre — is operational in phase I.
It is mandatory for all commuters to follow a new normal of social distancing, face mask and hand sanitisation. Over a period of next five days i.e, by September 12, rest of the Lines will also be made operational.
On Sunday morning at Rajiv Chowk metro, workers carried out a santisation drive. They cleaned benches, lifts and floors along with the metal barricades placed at the platforms.
On September 7 and 8, only the Yellow line (49 KM with 37 stations consisting of 20 underground and 17 elevated stations) will remain operational for a period of four hours each (7 am to 11 am) and evening (4 pm to 8 pm). 57 trains will ply and cover 462 trips. The same will be further extended in a graded manner from September 9-12 along with other Lines.
However, the commuters will have to use earmarked gates only. To maintain orderliness and regulate the flow of passengers with social distancing norms, only one or two gates will be kept open for entry /exit of passengers at a station. Therefore, passengers are advised to check the earmarked Gate number/location well in advance from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation website.
The commuters have been advised to use Aarogya Setu app with regular health status update. Meanwhile, for COVID-19 pandemic, tokens will not be available at the stations for the time being as they need frequent human interface for travel transactions and pose a risk of virus infection so a smart card is a must for travel. Transactions involving the exchange of cash for recharge/refund of smart cards will not be permitted for the time being as the physical handling of currency may lead to transmission of coronavirus.
Since Delhi Metro operates in Delhi-NCR, it will not be providing services to such stations which fall under the containment zones for any given day in any of the states. If any of the stations happen to fall in such zone, the same will also be made public through announcements at stations/trains and through social media updates as and when brought to the notice of DMRC by authorities concerned or observed by DMRC officials who will also keep a check on a daily updated list of containment zones on respective websites. Since most of the Metro stations lie on the median of the roads, there is a slim chance for stations to fall in the containment zone as a regular practice.