new Delhi. The Delhi Government (Delhi Govt) on Sunday took stock of the preparations for the restored Metro service in Delhi from 7 September. For this, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot visited the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. Senior officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Delhi Transport Department were also present during the inspection. During this, Gehlot said, “I am happy that Metro services will be resumed in Delhi from Monday. I am satisfied with the preparations of DMRC. I am happy to see that at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, which is one of the busiest stations, DMRC has taken all precautions and fully followed the SOP. We are deploying Civil Defense volunteers inside and outside the station, who will control the crowd and ensure social distancing.
Gehlot said, I appeal to the people of Delhi to follow social distancing at metro stations. I am confident that if we followed all protocols responsibly, we would be able to set another benchmark in the ‘Delhi Model of Fighting Covid’. Metro operations in Delhi will start in a phased manner from September 7. Currently, services will be closed at some stations, but from September 12, services will be restored at all stations. In view of the Kovid epidemic, Delhi Transport Department is taking necessary measures to ensure safe travel of passengers in Delhi Metro.
The Delhi Transport Department has deployed civil volunteers at metro stations to manage congestion and ensure social distancing. In addition to ensuring social distancing, marketing has also been done inside stations and trains. In the station premises, seat stickers have been installed in the trail and train coaches so that social distancing can be followed. Only persons with health will be allowed to travel after thermal screening. An automatic sanitizer dispenser machine has also been provided at each entry point for use by passengers.
At the moment, no tokens will be issued to passengers in view of the danger of the virus spreading. Online cashless transactions will be valid for smart card usage and recharge. Use of the Arogya Setu App will be encouraged. DMRC has introduced a foot operated lift at every metro station so that there is no hand contact with the elevator button. Instructions have been affixed to the train coach for safe travel on the walls. Security rules will be announced continuously at every station. Currently, only one gate is allowed for entry and exit. Sign boards have also been placed at all important places to guide the passengers.