Coronavirus Impact: Metro Rail networks likely to stop use of tokens to ensure ‘contactless’ ticketing system
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The intra-city metro services are halted across the country since March 25th, however, the Centre has started to plan its Modus operandi to resume the Metro operations once the restrictions in-place on public transport, under the nation-wide lockdown lifted.
The roadmap includes the steps to ensure the social distancing, management of crowds and screening of the passengers at the selected stations.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, metro passengers may no more be allowed to use tokens, as the government plans to implement a contactless ticketing system using only metro cards, once the resumption of public transport starts taking place.
The recommendation is reported to be the part of (SOP) Standard Operation Procedure being developed by Hardeep Puri-led Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, for resumption of urban transport system and metro railway networks in particular.
“We are planning to allow the use of metro cards only, make ticketing as contactless as possible and avoid queues at the counter,” an official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. The official added that though the services will resume once the order comes from the home ministry, but meanwhile they must remain ready with a plan for the same.
“We will have to plan our trains accordingly and will also have to figure out ways of maintaining social distancing inside the train. We are monitoring what other countries that have resumed services are doing and should be able to factor all that in. Our guidelines will be ready this week,” the official was further quoted by Hindustan Times.
Before that, an SOP developed by the (CISF) Central Institutional Security Force included the use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ app to identify Covid-19 patients passing through security gates. The CISF will provide (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment kits to its Jawans, having formulated the plans to sanitize the CISF jawans frisking the passengers at entry gates after every three passengers.
Posted By: Talib Khan