Coronavirus: Delhi Metro services resume on Blue and Pink lines as part of Unlock 4.0
First Published 9, Sep 2020, 10:04 AM
On Wednesday (Septmebr 9), too, services are available to passengers in two shift timings -- from 7am to 11am and from 4pm to 8pm. Entry and exit have been restricted at stations, and commuters can check which gates will remain open on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation website, www.delhimetrorail.com.
The Delhi Metro resumed services on two more of its lines starting 7am Wednesday. Trains started running on the 65.35km Blue Line, connecting Dwarka Sector 21 and Vaishali/Noida Electronic City, and on the 57.58km Pink Line, connecting Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar.
Commuters were seen coming early to the stations, where they were met with three levels of screenings and sanitisation before being allowed to enter the station premises. With more lines opening, the Delhi Metro will also face the task of crowd management, but Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials said they are prepared to handle the load without compromising on the SOP.
“As part of the stage one graded resumption of Metro services, the Delhi Metro has resumed operations on Blue and Pink lines. Along with these two lines, the Yellow Line and the Rapid Metro, which had already opened on Monday, will continue operations,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), DMRC.
According to reports, 27 trains with approximately 228 trips from Majlis Park to Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 and 13 trains with nearly 291 trips from Trilok Puri-Sanjay Lake to Shiv Vihar sections of Pink line will be put into service over the next two days. Their frequency will be increased in the days to come.
With the opening of Blue and Pink lines, nine of the total 28 interchange Metro Stations will now be functional. They include - Rajouri Garden (Blue Line and Pink Like); INA Delhi Haat (Yellow and Pink Line); Mayur Vihar Phase I (Blue Line and Pink Line); Rajiv Chowk (Blue Line and Yellow Line); Anand Vihar ISBT (Blue Line and Pink Line) and Sikanderpur (Yellow Line and Rapid Metro).
Red Line i.e, Line-1 from Rithala to Shaheed Sthal New Bus Adda (Ghaziabad); Green Line i.e, Line-5 from Kirti Nagar/Inderlok to Brig. Hosihar Singh (Bahadurgarh); and Violet Line i.e, Line-6 from Kashmere Gate to Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabhgarh)- will resume services from September 10.