Mumbai Metro is set to resume its services from October 19 with the standard operating procedures. Ghatkopar-Versova Metro-1, the only functional line before the nationwide lockdown, will be the first line to resume the operations after seven months of disruption in view of the lockdown. The Maharashtra government on October 14 had allowed to resume metro services in the state from October 15.
Social distancing and wearing of masks will be mandatory under the updated SOPs of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited. Thermal screening of passengers will be done at entry gates. The trains will run between 8.30 am to 8.30 pm with half of the pre-COVID capacity. As against 1,350 people per service earlier, now the train will carry only 360 people.
Visuals from inside the coaches have showed that markings have been made to guide passengers on where to sit and stand during their commute. The use of face masks is mandatory at all times both inside the trains as well as on the platform. Entry inside the metro train would not be permissible for those not wearing a mask.
Abhay Kumar Mishra, CEO of Mumbai Metro, said the authority have allowed only 300 people to travel at one point to take care of social distancing. As crowds increase, things will change. The tokens will not be available on the counter. Instead, people will get paper tickets to decrease the risk of COVID-19 infection. He also confirmed that the metro authority has provided the customers an online payment facility.
After receiving green signal from the Centre, Metro services across the country have resumed in phases. Delhi Metro began limited operations on September 7 with around 7,500 passengers in the first shift. Following which Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and Kolkata metro have also resumed their operations after lockdown.
However, the government on Sunday said the country had crossed the Covid peak. As per the Union Health Ministry data, India recorded a total of 61,871 new COVID-19 cases and 1,033 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this spike, India’s coronavirus count reached at 74,94,552 and death at 114,064. Maharashtra remains the worst affected state by COVID-19 in the country with 1,85,750 active cases.