Headlines May 26, 2020
Delhi Metro set to start operations again
After being shut for more than two months, the Delhi Metro rail services will begin soon. However, the number of commuters allowed on board will be far smaller.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials said that commuters will have to follow social distancing norms and maintain a distance of one metre while travelling in the metro. Those who are sitting in the coaches will have to leave one seat vacant next to them. The DMRC has pasted stickers on the seat with a message of social distancing.
This will be monitored by officials on CCTV cameras. The revised guidelines will allow only 50 passengers in metro coach. The DMRC runs metro trains with four, six and eight coaches and the new rules will mean that the longest train of eight coaches will have only 400 commuters during a trip.
Before the lockdown, 2,500 passengers used to travel in DMRC’s longest metro train. Some passengers will be allowed to stand in coaches, DMRC officials told the media.
The DMRC will face 75% operating losses. It has already suffered a loss of 600 crore rupees during the lockdown.
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