The time is here to tell you all about the Delhi metro guidelines and why is that? Well, you’ve heard it right. The Delhi Metro will start operating from 7th September 2020 after a 5 month long hiatus. We all know that India recently recorded the world’s highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases (78000 in a single day). So, the more important question that you need to ask yourself is, will it be safe to travel by metro?
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday (29 August) issued an official notification for the Unlock 4 which stated that Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from September 7 in a graded manner. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Railways is now responsible to oversee the reopening of metro services in consultation with the MHA.
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Now, as much as it seems sudden or confusing, here are the Delhi metro guidelines that you should follow to stay safe while travelling in the Metro. Although the authorities have confirmed that they’ll resume operations, they are yet to announce the SOP for the public. Here are guidelines for passengers as announced by DMRC to enforce social distancing:
At the Station – Delhi metro guidelines while you’re at the Station
- Only automatic top-up available. Smart cards will be allowed for cashless and contactless travel. No tokens to be issued.
- Thermal scanning to be conducted at the metro station by CISF staff when you enter the station. The person appointed for security will also check your status on the Aarogya Setu Application.
- CISF personnel at door and those appointed to check you near the frame metal detectors will mandatorily wear a face shield, mask, and gloves.
- If the door frame metal detector doesn’t raise an alarm when a passenger passes through it, the passenger will be allowed to move ahead without being frisked.
- The security officials will use a modified hand-held metal detector to check passengers from a distance.
- Follow markings on escalators and only 3 people will be permitted in the lift at one time.
- Hand sanitizers will be installed at the required points.
Also Read: How to use the Aarogya Setu App
At the Platform – Delhi metro guidelines while you’re at the Platform
- Markers will be put up at the platforms to ensure that passengers follow social distancing.
- The metros will stop at each station for a longer period of time.
Inside a Coach – Delhi metro guidelines to follow inside coaches
- The number of passengers in the metro will be limited.
- Passengers will only be allowed to seat at alternative seats.
- The temperature inside the train will be maintained at 26 degrees Celsius.
Fines – A penalty for not following Delhi metro guidelines
If you’re caught practicing any of the following activities, you will be liable for a penalty.
- Spitting or littering.
- Not wearing a mask.
- Sitting on seats that are supposed to be left vacant.
- Deliberately violating social distancing norms.
I am glad that metro has been permitted to start its operations from 7 Sep in a phased manner.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 29, 2020
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