Metro rides will be back soon as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has done all the logistical arrangements as well as the necessary cleaning mechanism to resume its operations.
On Friday, Anuj Dayal Executive Director said, “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 traveling in the Metro will be shared with the media and public.”
On March 22, three days before the nationwide lockdown came into effect, the DMRC had announced the closure of its services. The total length of the Metro network in Delhi is close to 400 kilometres and it caters to several lakh commuters daily.
At present, DMRC is taking up the necessary cleaning mechanisms inside the trains and indoor areas of stations such as entrance lobbies, corridors, staircases, escalators, elevators, security area etc.
The exercise will be extremely exhaustive as it involves cleaning and maintenance of 264 stations over 2,200 coaches and over 1,100 escalators and 1,000 lifts etc, DMRC earlier said.
“Other necessary logistical arrangements such as provision for hand sanitisation/thermal screening at stations and installation of social distancing related signs are also being handled in the interim,” Dayal said.
All systems of the Metro, including the signaling, electrical, rolling stock, tracks etc are being tested in detail before services are ultimately started.
Until May 2, over 3,500 train trips had been made to keep the Metro system prepared to resume operations, said a DMRC official.
The DMRC authorities, however, remain tight-lipped on whether keeping the Aarogya Setu app will be mandatory for travelling in the metro whenever the services are resumed.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Friday the government is ready to resume the public transport services in the city, with safety precautions in place for Covid-19, if the Centre allows it.
-With inputs from PTI