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Delhi Metro to Run With 100 Per Cent Seating Capacity From Today

DMRC services were fully suspended since May 10 in view of the Covid-induced lockdown in Delhi. It was first imposed on April 19 and successively extended by the city government.

Metro trains parked at Timarpur Metro Yard during lockdown in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Delhi government allowed further relaxations in lockdown curbs from Monday with the Delhi Metro now allowed to run with 100 per cent seating capacity. Standing passengers are still barred under the new guidelines issued on Sunday.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was reopened on June 7 with 50 per cent capacity and has been operating under the same restrictions ever since.

The DMRC reiterates that despite being permitted to carry restrictions on numbers of passengers it is still running maximum trains performing over 5,100 trips with the highest frequency daily as was available during pre-Covid times, when over 60 lakh passenger journeys were performed daily, contrary to the general belief that the DMRC at present is running its services with reduced trains, trips, frequency due to travel restrictions, it said in a statement.

Even with the current restrictions, only 50 passengers are allowed in one coach as compared to its full capacity of 300 in pre-Covid times.

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The DMRC added that entry to the Metro stations will continue to be regulated so as to ensure that stations are not crowded.

“As a result, though the queues may slightly reduce, these might still be there outside stations, especially during peak hours owing to the compliance and adherence to the Covid-appropriate behaviours inside metro premises as per the government guidelines,” it said.

Delhi Metro srvices were suspended between May 10 to June 7 during the second wave of the pandemic (Source: Pixabay)

The DMRC also said that they will open 16 additional at 16 stations each from Monday to better facilitate the movement of traffic.

The stations at which additional gates are to be made operational include, Janakpuri West, Karol Bagh, Vaishali, Kashmere Gate, Central Secretariat, M G Road, it said.

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DMRC services were fully suspended since May 10 in view of the Covid-induced lockdown in Delhi. It was first imposed on April 19 and successively extended by the city government.

Metro services initially ran partially, catering only to people from the field of essential services, but from May 10, it was suspended in view of the rising cases amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, from June 7, it has been running with a 50 per cent seating capacity and no provision for standing travel for commuters.

With inputs from PTI