The Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi, Anil Baijal has accepted a proposal from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to resume metro services in the national capital from September 7. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, of which Mr Baijal is Chairperson.
Metro services are set to resume with strict Covid restrictions, after a five-month shutdown because of the pandemic and lockdown. To make the metro travell smooth ans faster, use of masks and smart cards have been made mandatory for travel.
The air conditioning system inside coaches will be “renovated” to ensure circulation of fresh air, Delhi Transport minister Kailash Gahlot said to the press.
Further SOPs for the running of metro trains across the country are to be released by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri at 6 PM.
The decision to re-start metro services comes amid a worrying surge in new cases; nearly 79,000 fresh infections were reported over the preceding 24 hours, government data showed this morning.