The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation ( DMRC) had issued some guidelines a few days back that the passengers need to follow once the metro services resume in the Capital. According to the guidelines, it is mandatory for all travellers to wear face masks and install the Aarogya Setu app on their phones. Also, they need to take out every metallic item on their body before travelling. Every passenger will need to undergo thermal screening. Those with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to commute. Now, some new rules have come up for travelling by metro, and these are as follows:
1. A Single Coach To Carry Only 50 Passengers
Once metro services begin, a single coach will carry a maximum of 50 passengers. Not more than 400 passengers will be permitted on the longest trains with eight coaches, like the ones operating on the Blue Line. Some people will be able to stand inside the trains by following social distancing guidelines.
2. One Needs To Maintain A Minimum Distance of One Metre From Co-Passengers
Every traveller should maintain a distance of at least a metre from others to combat the spread of COVID-19. There will be markings for people in front of the ticket vending machines so that people make queues keeping safe distances between them. Check-ins will also have social distancing markings.
3. Passengers To Sit On Alternative Seats
DMRC has placed ‘Do Not Sit Here’ stickers on every alternative seat inside the coaches so that two travellers have one vacant seat in between them to maintain safe distances. The sanitization staffs will be sanitizing the seats thoroughly after the passengers deboard.
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4. Delhi Airport Express Line To Open First
The Delhi Airport Express Line or the Orange Line, connecting New Delhi Railway Station and the Delhi airport, will open up first. In the next phase, services will begin on the metro lines connecting Delhi to Noida and Vaishali to Gurgaon.
5. Officials To Strictly Monitor The Guidelines On CCTVs
DMRC officials will ensure that all the above rules are being followed, by monitoring activities on the stations, platforms and trains strictly through CCTV cameras.
Apart from the above guidelines, body frisking during entry has been banned in the stations for the very first time to reduce physical contact. DMRC came to this decision after about 48 CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) personnel tested positive for coronavirus. The metro services are anticipated to start very soon. These measures were much required for all those who might need to travel by metro almost daily after the lockdown is over.