The Central Government has released the guidelines for Unlock-4. The government has approved running the metro from 7 September with conditions. At the same time, 100 people have also been allowed to participate in the religious event from 21 September.
Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has expressed happiness over the decision of the Central Government to run the metro. He tweeted that I am happy that Metro has been given permission to start its operations from September 7 in a phased manner. After the release of Unlock-4 guidelines, Delhi Metro has announced that its services will start in a phased manner from September 7.
According to the guidelines issued by the Home Ministry, social, political, entertainment, sports etc. will be allowed from September 21, but a maximum of 100 people can be present under one roof. However, such ceremonies will inevitably follow the rules of face mask, social distancing, thermal scanning, sanitizer and Kovid-19.
Cinema halls, swimming pools, international flights (except in some special cases) will still remain closed. At the same time, students from 9th to 12th class outside the Containment Zone will be able to go to school to meet the teachers after the consent of their family. The government has decided to keep the school-college closed till 30 September.
After extensive consultation with states and union territories, it has been decided that schools, colleges, coaching institutes will remain closed till 30 September. Open-air theatres will be allowed to open from 21 September 2020.
- According to the new guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the metro rail service will be operational in a phased manner from September 7 in the country.
- Also, many rules have to be followed to use the metro service. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) and Ministry of Railways, in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, will be allowed to operate the metro rail with effect from 7 September 2020. In this regard, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by MOHUA.
At the same time, the metro is going to start in Delhi from September 7. According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), according to the latest guidelines issued under Unlock-4 through the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Delhi Metro will resume its services to the public from September 7. DMRC informed that more information about the functioning of the metro and its use by the general public will be released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the next few days.
According to the Indian Express, passengers travelling with the Delhi Metro in Unlock-4 will have to buy only cashless tickets. That is, there will no longer be a token from the counter. Passengers will be given the facility of online or cashless recharge on the smart card. Significantly, the Delhi Metro has been closed since 22 March. In September, the Metro can be allowed to run with the rules of social distancing.
DMRC has the responsibility of 385 stations
After the new guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the parking facility available at the metro station will remain closed for the time being. Apart from this, the feeder bus service connecting the station and bringing people from nearby areas to the station will also be closed for the time being. According to the new SOP prepared by DMRC, ‘there will be no system to recharge the card. Smart card / QR code will be allowed to travel in the metro. Even ticket vending machines will not accept cash.