Heavy cleaning and sanitation activities are currently being carried out at Delhi Metro depots as the metro is scheduled to resume its services from tomorrow in a graded manner.
After 169 days of being inactive due to the novel coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdowns in order to contain the virus spread, the metro is gearing up to re-open with caution putting into place a series of measures such as closed token counters, limited entry and exit points, thermal scanners and sanitisers among others to enable commuters to adhere to COVID social distancing protocols.
Following this, on Monday, the Yellow Line (Samyapur Badli to HUDA City Centre) will be opened. Over a period of next five days i.e, by 12th September, rest of the Lines will also be made operational with all safety measures in place to check the spread of Covid-19 in the Metro premises which requires everyone to follow a new normal of social distancing, face mask and hand sanitisation.
This morning at Rajiv Chowk metro, one of the capital’s busiest interchange station, workers carried out santisation drive. They cleaned benches, lifts and floors but also the metal barricades placed at the platforms, said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
As a precautionary measure and to avoid human contact, automatic thermal scanners have been placed at the platforms along with sanitizer dispensing machines for the passengers and the staff. Notably, tokens will not be permitted for travelling, only smart cards will be allowed.
Also, arrangements have been made for the passengers to sit on alternate seats in the train or stand, maintaining a gap of one meter. Stripe markers have also been provided at all queuing area like frisking, ticketing, AFC gates, lift, escalators.
CISF personnel deployed at the metro stations have been tasked with keeping ahawk-eyed vigil on the travellers flouting norms along with security checking and dog squads patrolling. They have been provided not only with the masks but also the face shields to protect themselves from falling prey to the deadly virus.
As per the DMRC guidelines, trains will be sanitised at terminal stations. Similarly, once they are back to Depots after the end of the day, the trains will again be thoroughly sanitised. Also, the train doors will be kept open at terminal stations to let fresh air into the trains.
Initially, the metro will be run in two slots — 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 — will be operational in phase I. From September 11, the train will run from 7 am to 1 pm, 4 pm to 10 pm. Delhi Metro will run from 6 am to 11 pm from September 12. The other routes of Delhi Metro — Blue Line, Pink Line and Gurgaon Line — will start operating from September 9.
To maintain orderliness and regulate flow of passengers with social distancing norms, only one or two gates will be kept open for entry /exit of passengers at a station.
Apart from regular frontline staff at the stations, DMRC has made additional deployment of around 1000 officials/staff across the line(s)/network to assist and guide passengers in the wake of new norms of Metro travel which may take some time to settle in.
Delhi Metro is ready to resume services from tomorrow on Yellow Line & Rapid Metro after 169 days. Cleaning & sanitisation activities being carried out at one of the depots: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
With inputs from agencies