After the Railways restarted 15 pairs of special AC trains, it is speculated that the Delhi Metro may also resume its operations post lockdown 3.0. However, there is no official order as in when the Delhi Metro will resume services. Recently, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) took to Twitter to share that its housekeeping and other staff are busy cleaning and sanitizing AFC gates, lifts and escalators to begin safe operations. “Specially trained housekeeping staff are deployed in stations to clean passenger movement areas and associated equipment such as AFC gates, lifts, and escalators to begin safe operations,” the DMRC said in a tweet.
The DMRC management also ran empty trains, numbering over 3,500 trips, during the lockdown to keep the system operation ready. Executive director (corporate communications) of DMRC, Anuj Dayal, said, “The DMRC is working out detailed cleaning and maintenance procedures in view of the pandemic. The exercise will be extremely exhaustive as it involves cleaning and maintenance of 264 stations, over 2,200 coaches, over 1,100 escalators, and 1,000 lifts, among others.”
Protocols for social distancing in trains and station premises are being worked out, he said. “The date of the opening of Delhi Metro has not been finalised and will be notified to the public in due course. All systems of the Metro, including signaling, electrical, rolling stock, tracks, etc., will have to be tested in detail before services are ultimately started to ensure full safety for our commuters,” he said.
The proposed measures, as per the plan accessed by new agency PTI are:
1) According to the DMRC guidelines issued earlier, passengers will have to get the Aarogya Setu app installed on their mobile phones to travel in Delhi Metro.
2) Passengers using the Delhi Metro, post resumption of operations, will have to take out any metallic items like belts and buckles before frisking and keep them in their bags which will be scanned by an x-ray machine.
3) The use of face masks will be mandatory when traveling in Delhi Metro. Hand sanitization or washing facility to be available at the entry points.
4) Social distancing will be followed in Delhi Metro post resuming of services. At least two meters distance shall be maintained between the security screening place and line-up points and a meter between passengers waiting at the security screening place
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