Delhi Metro has resumed services from 7 am on Monday as the part of ‘unlock 4’, after being shut for 169 days due to COVID-19. In phase 1, metro services will be resumed on Yellow Line connecting Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre and Rapid Metro in Gurugram.
Atul Katiyar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said that they had deployed police force at every metro station for crowd management and to ensure that people wore face masks and followed norms of social distancing. A commuter said that he feels good that metro services were starting again, he had to book a cab for travelling to the place which was expensive for him but now he was able to commute at the reasonable fare.
Delhi COVID-19 case tally reached 1,91,449 with 3,256 new cases and 29 deaths reported on Sunday. The numbers of active and recovered cases are 20,909 and 1,65,973, respectively. Death toll rises to 4,567, according to the Delhi Government.
The Home Ministry, in its Unlock 4 guidelines, gave nod to the resumption of metro services from September 7 in a graded manner. The guidelines gave more relaxations in the restrictions enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19. The metro services were suspended in March due to COVID-19.
The DMRC had said that the carrying of Smart Card (with online recharge) was a must as tokens would not be available and all cash transactions would not be permitted, adding that it will not be providing services to stations that in containment zones for any given day in any of the states.