BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Metro railway authorities on Monday told the West Bengal government that it will be impossible for them to resume services in the city as social distancing norms mandated by the Union health ministry cannot be ensured.
A three-member delegation of the Metro railway met Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay at Nabanna on Monday and discussed the possibility of resuming Metro services in the city.
After an all-party meeting to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that Metro services would be resumed from July 1 and all the protocols would be followed.
But Metro representatives on Monday said that social distancing norms cannot be enforced because they do not have the infrastructure to control the huge number of passengers that would crowd the stations.
They also pointed out the problem of selling tickets according to seat numbers. Earlier, the chief minister had said that the state government would allow Metro services to resume if the rail authorities sold tickets according to the capacity of each coach.
Representatives of Metro told the home secretary on Monday that the decision to resume services rests with the rail board. The railway board has already announced that all passenger trains and Metro services will be suspended till July 11.