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With Covid Protocols, Delhi metro to resume for commuters

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The Delhi Metro reopened on Monday morning, following the implementation of the rules for the second phase of the Covid-19 unlock. The metros will operate with a 50% seating capacity, as ordered by the Delhi government. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in its guidelines that commuters will not be permitted to travel standing.

The situation in the national capital has improved dramatically in recent weeks, prompting the Delhi administration to allow certain activities, including the restart of metro services, on June 5. Since May 10 of this year, the services have been entirely shut off.

In March of 2020, metro services were also suspended due to a nationwide lockdown imposed to combat the spread of Covid-19. Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister, also permitted retailers in local marketplaces and malls to reopen on an odd-even basis.

Only half of the available trains were brought into service when metro services resumed at 6 a.m. According to DMRC rules, train frequency will range from roughly five to fifteen minutes on different lines during the initial restart.

By Wednesday, a full complement of trains will have been admitted in a graduated way, and services will resume at the regular frequency that existed before the lockout.

The DMRC in an advisory said, “Public is also advised to take extra time for their daily commute and exhibit Covid-appropriate behaviour outside the stations also while waiting for their turn to enter the station.”

Commuters will only be permitted to sit in alternative seats under the updated criteria. Identified gates were used to control entry at stations, as was the case previously.

According to the health department’s daily Covid-19 bulletin, Delhi’s Covid-19 tally jumped by 381 cases on Sunday. It was the national capital’s lowest daily count in more than two and a half months. There were 34 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. With the latest cases added, the total number of cases is now 1,429,244 and the death toll is now 24,591.

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