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Delhi Metro To Resume Services With COVID-19 Protocols, Only Designated Gates To Open

According to Delhi Metro authorities, all passengers will be required to undergo thermal screening and hand sanitisation at the entry point itself

Delhi Metro To Resume Services With COVID-19 Protocols, Only Designated Gates To Open
Highlights
  • Commuters would be required to get their luggage sanitised: DMRC
  • DMRC has marked floors of metro stations with stickers on social distancing
  • Inside metro, passenger will be seated while maintaining distance: DMRC

New Delhi: As metro train services have been allowed to resume from September 7 in a graded manner after five months of the shutdown, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) introduced a new travel protocol for commuters in view of COVID-19, where only designated gates will be opened at stations. Unlike earlier, only specific gates will be opened for travellers both for entry and exit. For example, only Gate number 7 at Rajiv Chowk metro station will be opened. The list of all such earmarked gate numbers at each station will be made available on the website (www.delhimetrorail.com).

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All passengers will be required to undergo thermal screening and hand sanitisation at the entry/frisking point itself. Wearing of face mask/cover will be mandatory for all commuters during entry into the stations/trains and during the entire journey.

As many as 45 major stations have been provided with ‘Auto thermal screening cum hand sanitisation machines’ whereas, rest of the metro stations will have the provision of ‘auto sanitiser dispensers’ for hand sanitisation and thermal screening will be done manually by ‘thermal guns’, DMRC said.

Passengers having high temperature or signs of COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel and will be directed to report to the nearest medical centre, an official said. The dwell time (stoppage) of trains at each station will be increased by 10 seconds (from earlier 10-15 seconds to 20-25 seconds) so that passengers get sufficient time to board and alight.

At interchange stations, the dwell time of trains will be increased by 20 seconds (from earlier 35-40 seconds to 55-60 seconds).

All the safety measures have been taken care of keeping in mind the present scenario. New travel protocols for passengers are there as preventive measures to ensure COVID free metro premise. Action will be taken in extreme cases if any traveller won’t agree to follow the norms, a DMRC official said.

Commuters would be required to get their bags/luggage sanitised at the baggage sanitisation counter before crossing the checking gate. Tokens will not be permitted for travelling to prevent transmission of the virus through frequent touching/handling.

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Only smart cardholders (including QR code users on Airport Express Line) will be allowed to travel, which can be recharged digitally by a number of ways easily avoiding human interface, DMRC said.

Even recharge of smart cards at the Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) or customer care centre will be through cashless modes only (debit/credit/Bharat QR code etc). TVMs will not accept cash.

The floors of metro stations are being marked with stickers of social distancing. Staff members standing near the doors of metro rail will ensure people maintain social distancing while getting inside the rail and coming out. Passengers are permitted to sit on alternate seats only in the trains or stand while maintaining distance.

Inside the metro, we have marked seats where travellers would not be allowed to sit so that they maintain social distancing, said the official.

Shops inside the metro railways will be opened as per the government’s guidelines. To reinforce the need for following guidelines, regular announcements regarding maintaining social distance, wearing masks, and other norms will be made inside every station premise.

Monitoring will be done through CCTV cameras for crowd management. Visuals will also be played through LED screens for awareness against the pathogen. DMRC has advised commuters to account an extra 10 to 15 minutes for their daily commute.

Regular cleaning of metro stations will be ensured by prioritising passenger movement areas such as concourse, passages, platforms, stairs, glasswork, steelwork etc. especially toilets which will be cleaned/ disinfected every 4 hours by disinfectants. Thorough disinfection of the entire station will be done during non-revenue hours in the night, DMRC said.

The Yellow Line from Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre will be operational from September 7. In the first stage, Delhi Metro services will operate in two shifts — 7 to 11 am and 4 to 8 pm.

Services on Blue and Pink lines will resume from September 9 while the functioning of Red, Green and Violet lines will begin from September 10. Magenta and Grey lines will be made operational from September 11 and Airport line from September 12.

Also Read: Delhi Government Doing Aggressive Testing, Aim Is Not To Leave Untraced Cases: Health Minister Satyendar Jain

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World

24,00,62,413Cases
20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,00,62,413 and 48,89,269 have died; 20,17,73,183 are active cases and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 4:08 am.

India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
3,33,99,961 17,861Recovered
4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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