Delhi Metro receives a nod to restart its services. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the decision with open arms. The Ministry of Home Affairs allowed the working of Delhi Metro from September 7 onwards.
The authority will disclose the additional details on the metro’s functioning and its usage by the general public. Also, they will share once the SOP is completed.
The guidelines issued by MHA asserted that the metro will come into effect from 7 September, in a graded way. Unlock 4.0 will experience the reopening of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that he was “glad” the metro services will resume services in a phased attitude.
After the nod, DMRC issued a statement. It reads, As per the latest guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs under Unlock-4, the Delhi Metro will resume its actions for the public from September 7 onwards in a calibrated posture.
Additionally, MHA stated that we will discuss the already circulated SOPs on September 1. Through video conferencing, it will be done. In the conference, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) with communicate with all metro companies.
Earlier, DMRC said that they might restart the services. Henceforth, they must be ready with all the preparations.
Also, the Delhi Metro is suggesting many measures to ensure the safety of passengers. Limiting the number of people in lifts and extended halting time for trains at stations to allow commuters to board and alight with social distancing standards, are some of them.
As per the central government’s norms, wearing masks and all social distancing norms will be followed inside the stations.
Moreover, the officials said that the metros connecting Noida and Greater Noida will also resume from 7 September.
Aqua-Line services will start again as per standards issued by the central government, Ritu Maheshwari, Managing Director of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), said in a statement.
The Aqua Line, joins the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida in Gautam Buddh Nagar.
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Delhi Metro- The Big Loss
The lifeline of Delhi and its suburbs, which carries 1.8 million travels a day, the Delhi Metro. It was shut down in late March as the country was lay under a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Due to the shut down for more than four months following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi Metro, the lifeline of the National Capital, has fallen nearly Rs 1,500 crore in revenue, sources revealed.
According to the sources, the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) earns Rs 300 crore every month.
Generally, the DMRC has 300 trains running on eight lines, making 5,000 journeys a day and taking nearly 1.8 million passengers. However, with the metros at halt from the last six hasn’t received a single amount in the past months.
The transporter’s earnings from other sources, such as commercial and retail leases, have also exhausted during the pandemic.