Delhi Metro likely to resume services in lockdown 4.0 with thermal scanning machines, social distancing stickers at platforms
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the Centre confirming that the lockdown will continue post May 17, with less restrictions, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) may resume its train services on certain routes with some restrictions after Sunday, reported news agency ANI.
“Concessions can be made and services can be rolled out as soon as lockdown 4 starts. Services of Delhi Metro can be restored in a limited manner on certain routes following social distancing guidelines,” ANI quoted DMRC sources as saying.
The Delhi Metro services have been closed since March 22, the day when the ‘Janata Curfew’ was imposed. The resumption of services is subject to the approval by the Delhi government and a subsequent nod from the Centre.
However, the DMRC is preparing working on protocols to ensure social distancing norms are in place whenever the services are resumed.
As per a news agency PTI report, the DMRC has drawn red lines at regular intervals next to AFC gates and security checking gates, just before commuters enter near the platform areas.
It will also use thermal scanners to screen commuters before they proceed further, the report said while adding that large stickers bearing 'Ensure Social Distancing' message have been pasted on platforms.
According to the PTI report, DMRC has not cleared whether the Aarogya Setu app will be made mandatory for travelling in the metro whenever the services are resumed or not.
The DMRC, however, has not made an official statement on the resumption of services in lockdown 4.0. “The decision to resume Metro rail services in Delhi-NCR will be taken by the government after which the detailed protocol to be followed by passengers for travelling in the Metro will be shared with the media and the public,” said DMRC Executive Director Anuj Dayal in a statement.
Meanwhile, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Friday said that the state government is ready to resume the public transport services in the city, with safety precautions in place for coronavirus, if the central government allows it.
“If there will be congestion at some station, the entry of people will be stopped. Only main stations will be opened so that we can put our complete manpower there,” Gahlot said, as quoted by ANI.
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