Metro Services Resume: Metro trains in Delhi and other cities across India started today nearly after six months. The Metro services were closed after the first country-wide COVID-19 lockdown was announced in March end to check the spread of the infection. The Delhi Metro started today with limited operation of the Yellow Line. The services resumed at 7 am with strict safety and social distancing measures in place. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and said, while he is "happy that the Metro is starting from today and "good arrangements" have been made, the Chief Minister put in a word of caution and said "we all should not be negligent in taking precautions".
Metro Resumes: Delhi
Delhi commuters welcomed the resumption of Metro services. "...Passengers need to take all precautions while travelling. Service hours should be gradually extended," a commuter told news agency ANI.
People taking the #DelhiMetro on the first day of resumption of services say, "It is a very good move. Metro rail helps save time and money. Passengers need to take all precautions while travelling. Service hours should be gradually extended." pic.twitter.com/f6I3Z2aGxH— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2020
Metro Resumes: Chennai
In Chennai, some of the key SOPs in place are contactless ticketing, social distancing and frequent sanitisation in compartments.
Chennai Metro resumes after 5 months. Travel card reader, QR code for contactless ticketing, travel card reader at stations to avoid crowd at counters, social distanced seating and frequent sanitisation some of the key SOP in place. pic.twitter.com/nNioEABZN7— J Sam Daniel Stalin (@jsamdaniel) September 7, 2020
Metro Resumes: Kochi in Kerala
Metro Resumes: Bangalore
Bengaluru Metro resumes service with Purple Line as part of Unlock 4.0.— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2020
Trains will operate between 8-11 am and 4:30-7:30 pm with a frequency of five minutes pic.twitter.com/4jc4ihwnqi
Metro Resumes: Lucknow
Metro trains started operating in the Uttar Pradesh capital from 7 am. Authorities said, all preventive measures against COVID-19 have been taken.
The Home Ministry had recently issued guidelines allowing Metro services in the country to resume operations in a graded manner. To ensure contactless travel in Metro, tokens are not being issued. Only smart cards are allowed, which can be recharged through digital payment methods. Wearing masks are mandatory inside the stations and coaches. To maintain strict social distance, the commuters will have to sit on alternate seats. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has put posters to mark seats where commuters can't sit. According to the new rules, only three people are allowed at a time in a lift and commuters will have to maintain a one step gap on escalators. The stoppage time of trains on at stations has also been increased to ensure social distancing between travellers while boarding and de-boarding trains. There will be no stoppage at containment zones.