Experience: Life in Delhi Metro Post lockdown

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The experience of travelling in Delhi metro is going to be entirely different


Delhi metro is called the lifeline for the daily commuters in Delhi but the lifeline of Delhi is not breathing since March 22. Delhi metro is shut since the announcement of Janta Curfew and it seems that it will remain shut till 31st May. Even though when Delhi metro starts operating after the Centre’s approval, commuters will observe a change in Delhi metro. Let’s see how things will change after the lockdown in Delhi Metro.

1. All the passenger will be required to have Aarogya Setu app installed in their phones. This means that smartphones might be necessary to travel in Delhi metro. However, it would be interesting to see how authorities implement this practically because many people still don’t have a smartphone.

2. The Union government has asked the metro operators across the nation to try and roll out QR-code enabled ticketing system which is linked with the Aarogya Setu app. This move is taken to ensure that only those can get tickets to travel who are marked safe by the Aarogya setu app.

3. It is speculated that only two entry gates will be open at any given time at every station so that CRPF personnel can line up people for mandatory thermal screening. People who will show symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel.

Read more: What is travel bubble and is it a way forward to deal with COVID-19?

4. Travellers will be encouraged to use smart cards to ensure that people don’t stand in queue for tokens.

5. The floors of stations will be marked so that people stand at a distance of 1 meter with each other. These markers will also be seen on the platforms, outside the ATMs, snack corner, stationary and the entry and exit gates.

6. Alternate seats will be marked with stickers saying “Do Not Occupy” inside the trains.

People who will be standing inside the metro will be asked to practice the social distance by maintaining at least 1-meter distance.

7. Trains will stop at stations for 30 more seconds so that the crowd doesn’t barge in as soon as the gate opens.

8. CCTV surveillance will be used to keep an eye to see everyone is maintaining social distance or not. Anytime the numbers of travellers increases to that point when it threatens social distance, further entry will be restricted.

9. Masks are expected to be compulsory for all the commuters.

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