“In view of the curfew from 10pm to 5am in Delhi starting Tuesday, entry in metro stations in those hours will be allowed only to those passengers who fall in the essential category as per a government order and after verification of their valid IDs by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation or Central Industrial Security Force personnel,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), DMRC.
Many commuters sought clarity on social media. K D Singh tweeted, “What if someone boards a train at 9.30pm and has an hour-long journey. Would you throw him out at 10pm?” Another commuter, Shubham, asked, “If passengers have to travel for a long distance, e.g. Huda City Centre to Gokulpuri, what will they do if they leave their office at 7pm or after and it takes about 2 hours?”
Dayal seemed to answer such queries when he said, “DMRC advises users who do not fall in essential category to complete their journey and reach their destinations by 10pm as they are not allowed to travel after that till 5am in the metro train till April 30 or further orders, whichever is earlier.”
Similarly, passengers without valid IDs to prove they are engaged in essential services will not be allowed to board DTC and Cluster Scheme buses after 10pm and before 5am till the end of the month.
Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot told TOI that marshals will be present in the buses to enforce the restrictions. “We will just review the situation after two days and if such a need is felt, we will decrease the frequency and number of buses. There is no profit in running an empty bus,” the minister said.
The order issued on Tuesday by Delhi Disaster Management Authority has directed that persons coming from or going to airports, railway stations or the inter-state bus terminals will be allowed to travel on the production of valid tickets. Also, public transport such as Delhi Metro, public buses, autorickshaws and taxis will be allowed to function during the restricted hours for the transportation of exempted people.
When contacted, none of the app-based cab aggregators were willing to respond to queries regarding the operation of cabs, even from airports or railway stations. Sources, however, said that cabs would be available, but for essential travel only.