Delhi Metro Rail Corporation intensifies Covid-19 safety protocols | Delhi News – Times of India


New Delhi: If you travel by the Delhi Metro, brace yourself for longer waiting period to enter metro stations as regulation of passenger traffic and maintenance of social distancing has been intensified at metro stations.
In view of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to intensify its drive to reinforce the measures to ensure social distancing and wearing of face masks inside stations and trains.
As part of the intensified measures for containing Covid-19 spread, entry at stations will be regulated based on the social distancing at the stations, especially at the major stations like Rajiv Chowk, Barakhamba Road, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, ITO etc. during morning and evening peak hours.
“Due to the strict reinforcement of the social distancing norms, the passengers are advised to plan their journey in advance and allow for additional time of 20-30 minutes for their commute,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), DMRC. “If possible, off peak hour travel may also be opted by those who have flexibility to avoid overcrowding or long wait during peak hours,” be said.
“As per the existing Covid Safety Protocol, it is mandatory for all the passengers to enter the station after thermal screening, hand sanitization, face properly covered with a mask and following social distancing in Metro premises throughout their journey,” Dayal said.
While waiting in the queue, the passengers will be strictly required to wait on the marked social distancing circles or stripes, he said. “If it is found that the distancing is not followed at stations, entry gates will be closed for passengers at those stations until the distancing is ensured,” he said.
Dayal said that inside the trains, the number of flying squads and the frequency of checking drives is being increased to ensure that the Covid Safety protocol is strictly adhered by the passengers and offenders will be penalized on the spot.
He said that DMRC is also writing to the district administration to facilitate necessary assistance in ensuring social distancing and maintaining law and order outside Metro stations as there might be a spike in passengers waiting outside the stations while waiting for their turn to enter stations in line with social distancing norms.
“DMRC has also directed its officials posted at stations to intensify their inspection and ensure that all the travel protocols are strictly complied by both the Metro staff as well as the travelling public,” he said.

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