After five months of lockdown, the Delhi Metro opened its doors to commuters.
The services are open for a limited time from Monday for Yellow Line and Noida Metro’s Aqua line has also been opened to the general public.
The Metro between Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre will be on from 7am to 11am and from 4pm to 8pm in the evening. But as Covid-19 is still prevalent there have to be strict precautions taken to avoid the spread of the virus.
Strict precautions against Covid by Delhi Metro
If you are planning to take a Metro, make sure you reach half an hour early to avoid congestion and carry a mask.
With social and physical distancing tokens cannot be collected, hence carry your smartcards else buy one from the station.
The lockdown has ended but the pandemic is still in force and strict measures have been implemented, as seen on the first day of the resumption of Delhi Metro.
No entry without screening and sanitising of hands in Delhi Metro
Every passenger has to go through a temperature check before entering into any Delhi metro station.
Only asymptomatic individuals are allowed to enter the premises.
The stations are also equipped with “auto sanitiser dispensers”. 45 major Metro stations have been installed with auto thermal screening-cum-hand sanitisation machines which will check the temperature as soon as passengers come in front and provide proper sanitation facilities.
Social distancing with seats
The seats of the Delhi Metro have stickers denying permission to sit on certain seats to maintain social distancing. There has been almost 6 feet distance from each seat to the other. The passengers must leave the seats with stickers on them and go for the next available seat.
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More security by Delhi Metro
The DMRC officers are employed to maintain the system measures and look after the crowd. There are sufficient security personnel at every station to monitor and control the crowd. Hence if any passenger needs any assistance at any station, deployed security staff are free to help.
The metro didn’t see much of a crowd on the first day of its opening. The entire coach was filled with very few passengers. The fear of the novel coronavirus seems to persist among the general public.
The Aqua Line of Noida
This rapid transit system of Noida consists of 21 metro stations from Sector 52 in Noida to Depot metro station in Greater Noida. This too has finally reopened after five months, with new guidelines.
The Aqua Line has an average daily ridership of around 25,000 passengers, according to Noida Metro Rail. The Aqua line was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in 2019.
According to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) the trains on the Noida-Greater Noida Metro route will have to run from 7am to 11am and from 5pm to 9pm with a frequency of 15 minutes from Monday to Saturday.
On Sundays, the services will start from 8am.
Temperature checks, hand sanitation and masks are a must before entry.
Face masks will be made available to commuters on payment basis at three stations of the Noida-Greater Noida Metro. Lifts will be closed except for the physically handicapped persons.
Escalators will be used with physical distancing of at least one step. The Metros will not stop at the containment zones and the security will be tight in view of the pandemic.