Metro providers in Mumbai – shut for greater than six months due to the coronavirus lockdown – will reopen on Monday with the Ghatkopar-Versova Metro One line – which was the one purposeful line earlier than the nationwide lockdown in March – resuming operations.
SOPs (customary working protocols) for passengers, who will probably be subjected to thermal screening on entry to stations, will embody social distancing – visuals from contained in the coaches present stickers that spotlight the place you possibly can sit or stand – and using face masks always – whether or not in trains or on the platform.
Different SOPs will embody limiting passengers on every four-coach prepare to 300 (in opposition to a most of 1,500), an emphasis on cashless transactions when buying tickets and sustaining a continuing temperature (between 25 and 27 levels Celsius) contained in the coaches.
As well as, solely 200 trains will probably be run between eight am and eight.30 day-after-day; pre-Covid as many as 450 trains have been run day-after-day.
“We have now allowed solely 300 individuals to journey at one time to deal with social distancing. As crowds improve, issues will change. Additionally, as a substitute of giving tokens, individuals will get paper tickets so threat of an infection is restricted. We even have many amenities for on-line fee and folks will probably be inspired to make use of this,” Abhay Kumar Mishra, CEO of Mumbai Metro, mentioned.
The choice to restart metro providers within the metropolis was taken earlier this week, with the Uddhav Thackeray authorities hoping that this can ease strain on standard public transport mediums – like native buses – as Mumbai tries to return to regular amid the Covid pandemic.
Metro providers throughout India have restarted in phases following a inexperienced mild from the centre final month. Delhi Metro – the most important community within the nation – started restricted operations on September 7 with round 7,500 passengers within the first shift.
Equally, metro providers in a number of different cities – together with Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and Kolkata – have additionally begun operations following months of shutdown.
Maharashtra stays the state worst affected by the Covid pandemic. The state reported over 10,000 new circumstances prior to now 24 hours, based on well being ministry information this morning.
The excellent news, although, is that the lively case load dropped by round 4,400 after greater than 14,000 recoveries have been recorded in the identical interval.
Total India has logged almost 75 lakh circumstances, of which 1.14 lakh are deaths. Nonetheless, the central authorities on Sunday said the country had “crossed the Covid peak”.