As a result of the curfew, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has announced that regular Delhi Metro services on all lines will remain closed on March 22, 2020.
Delhi Metro commuters take note! Due to the rising menace of the Coronavirus infection across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22, 2020. As a result of the curfew, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced that regular metro services on all lines will remain closed on March 22, 2020. A DMRC spokesperson told Financial Express Online that the move is aimed at encouraging people to stay indoors and maintain social distancing, to honour the curfew, which is by the people and for the people. Normal metro services will resume from Monday, March 23, 2020 on all lines, including the Delhi Metro Airport Express Line
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has intensified the cleaning and sanitisation process at all Delhi Metro stations as well as inside trains. Special cleanliness drives have been launched for maintaining proper hygiene at metro stations. Eco friendly chemicals and high standard equipment has been used for disinfecting the direct contact areas inside metro trains at stations such as hand railings, grab handles, lift buttons, escalators, seats.
Additionally, DMRC has recently issued details of travel advisory to be followed by the commuters of the Delhi Metro network. The new set of preventive measures for commuters announced by DMRC are as follows:
- Commute by Delhi Metro only for essential travel: Delhi Metro authorities has appealed to people to only travel when it is unavoidable and essential
- Random thermal scanning of passengers: Random thermal scanning of commuters will be carried out at random metro stations. In case any symptoms like fever or cold is detected, he/she will be referred for medical tests and will be quarantined to authorities
- Train frequency: The frequency of Delhi Metro trains might be altered depending upon the everyday situation, in view of the outbreak.
- Social distancing in Delhi Metro trains and at stations: Commuters have been asked to keep a distance of one metres, from each other, while travelling in the metro trains or while standing at the stations. Passengers will not be allowed to stand inside the trains and alternate seats should be left empty in order to prevent the infection from spreading.