May 28 [4:20 PM]Delhi Metro To Restart With A New Set of Rules from June 1st - Read More Here
Delhi Metros to restart by the end of this week with new set of precautions and rules to ensure everyone can properly follow social distancing. Though there are no separate guidelines provided by the central government regarding metros, there was an SoP shared that requires all metros to stop for 30 seconds more at each stop so people do not feel rushed to enter and exit metro trains. Metro stations and trains are currently being throughly cleaned before they begin operations by June 1st.
Some of the rules necessary for people travelling by the Delhi Metro:
- Thermal screening of every passenger will be mandatory. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to enter the metro station.
- QR code-based tickets will only be provided to COVID-19 negative passengers and will be linked to their Arogya Setu app.
- All passengers on Delhi Metro need to download Arogya Setu app compulsarily.
- Cash transactions will be avoided and kept to minimum.
- Token Vending Machines might also be disabled on metro stations.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed in metro stations.
- Masks are compulsary to move in and out of metro stations and trains.
May 15 [4:20 PM]Delhi Metro May Restart In Lockdown 4.0, Check The New Rules Here
The nation has endured lockdown 1.0 and 2.0, and lockdown 3.0 is nearing its end. However, as the situation is no better, the Prime Minister of India, on 8 PM, May 2020, addressed the nation and declared the need to further the lockdown to 4.0. Lockdown does as much harm to a government’s economy as humans’ overall state. To avoid the already crippled economy from further deterioration, the government of India has devised plans to shield its people from the deadly virus, while allowing a few activities and sectors to resume services. Accordingly, the new phase will be imposed, with a completely new set of rules. As we have seen relaxations in different sectors in the 3rd phase, we will probably see more of such in the upcoming phase.
On this account, Delhi Metro recently made known to the public that housekeepers, that too, especially trained, are deployed in various stations to thoroughly disinfect areas such as AFC gates, escalators, etc., that frequently come in touch with people and passengers. The statement has left people wondering whether India’s largest metro system will benefit from the relaxations that are to come with lockdown 4.0.
Furthermore, the said metro system is believed to have resumed constructions of the Grey Line, Airport Express Line and Phase IV, which will be instrumental in extending the existing network to another 103 km.
Nothing is confirmed as yet, but if it does resume operation, passengers will have to be extra cautious. They must install the Arogya Setu application in their phones. Face masks and covers will be made mandatory. No metallic objects will be allowed on the bodies of passengers, and thermal screening should not be avoided, at any cost.