After the Calcutta High Court on Monday (October 19) ordered that all Durga Puja pandals across the state be declared no-entry zones to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Kolkata metro authorities have decided not to run any special services during the puja days.

Till 2019, the metro services were available overnight on the four days of Durga puja. This year, the authorities decided not to run metro overnight due to the pandemic. The Metro had, however, planned some additional services for the benefit of revellers.

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From Monday (October 19), Metro has increased its number of daily weekday services to 152 till 10 pm. There has also been an increase in the number of commuters. The rise during weekends was primary due to Puja shopping. After plans were dropped to run nightlong Metro services, a decision was taken to run some additional services from Friday (October 23).

Metro Railway general manager Manoj Joshi said, “After Monday’s high court order, we do not think that any special services should be run as this may lead to overcrowding at certain locations. We shall continue with our normal service.”