Viewing the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has instructed to intensify its drive to reinforce the measures to ensure social distancing as well as wearing face masks inside metro trains and stations.
According to a statement issued by Delhi Metro, all traveler must enter the metro station after hand sanitization, thermal screening, face covered with a mask properly, and discerning social distancing in Metro premises throughout their journey as per the existing Covid Safety Protocol. As part of the intensified steps for containing novel coronavirus spread, entry at Delhi Metro stations will be regulated based on the social distancing, especially at major metro stations like Central Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk, Barakhamba Road, Patel Chowk, ITO, etc., during morning and evening peak hours.
The new norms
While waiting in the queue at metro stations, commuters will be advised to stay on the marked social distancing circles/stripes. If it is found that the distancing is not identified at Delhi Metro stations, entry gates will be shut for commuters at those metro stations until the distancing is ensured by passengers. To ensure that the Covid protocol is adhered to by the passengers strictly, inside the Delhi Metro trains, the number of flying squads as well as the frequency of checking drives is being increased and offenders will be penalized on the spot. Because of the strict reinforcement of the social distancing guidelines, commuters are advised to plan their metro rail journey and allow for additional time of 20 to 30 minutes for their commute. Those who have the flexibility to avoid overcrowding or long wait during peak hours may opt to travel during off-peak hours.
The DMRC is also communicating to the district administration to facilitate essential assistance in ensuring social distancing as well as observing law and order outside Delhi Metro stations as there might be a spike in commuters waiting outside the metro stations while waiting for their turn to enter stations in line with social distancing norms. Also, Delhi Metro officials posted at stations have been directed to intensify their inspection as well as ensure that all the travel protocols are strictly complied with by both the DMRC staff and the traveling public.