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 likely be subjected to thermal screening on entry to stations, will embrace social distancing – visuals from contained in the coaches present stickers that spotlight the place you’ll be able to sit or stand – and the usage of face masks always – whether or not in trains or on the platform.
Other SOPs will embrace 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 relentless temperature (between 25 and 27 levels Celsius) contained in the coaches.
In addition, solely 200 trains will likely be run between 8 am and eight.30 day by day; pre-Covid as many as 450 trains had been run day by day.
“We have allowed only 300 people to travel at one time to take care of social distancing. As crowds increase, things will change. Also, instead of giving tokens, people will get paper tickets so risk of infection is limited. We also have many facilities for online payment and people will be encouraged to use this,” Abhay Kumar Mishra, CEO of Mumbai Metro, mentioned.
The determination to restart metro providers within the metropolis was taken earlier this week, with the Uddhav Thackeray authorities hoping that this can ease stress 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.
Similarly, 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 instances prior to now 24 hours, in response to well being ministry knowledge this morning.
The excellent news, although, is that the lively case load dropped by round 4,400 after greater than 14,000 recoveries had been recorded in the identical interval.
Overall India has logged almost 75 lakh instances, of which 1.14 lakh are deaths. However, the central authorities on Sunday mentioned the nation had “crossed the Covid peak”.