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Thermal scanners, cashless travel, sanitation points — Delhi Metro all set to resume services

Signboards and announcement stations on Covid-19 safety norms will be placed inside stations as Delhi Metro plans to resume operations on 7 September.

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New Delhi: The Delhi Metro is all set to resume services on 7 September, five months after it was forced to suspend operations due to the Covid-19 situation. The resumption of services will take place in phases.

To ensure safe and smooth running of the trains, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has come up with various safety measures inside trains as well as outside the stations.

The resumption of services will begin with the Delhi Metro’s yellow line that runs from Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre. More lines will open up in phases, and by 12 September, all lines will be running.

In the first phase, metro services will operate in two shifts — from 7 to 11 am and 4 to 8 pm. From 12 September, the hours will go back to the pre-lockdown timings — from 6 am to 11 pm.

At every station, one gate will be used for entry and exit. Signboards will be placed inside stations displaying Covid-19 safety norms. To make people aware of preventive measures, two announcement stations, one at the entrance and another near the frisking point, will also be placed.

The metro authority has also installed sanitiser dispensers and thermal scanners at the entry/frisking point of the stations. Red floor markings have been made on stations for travellers to maintain social distancing.

There will be no tokens available at the stations and travellers have to use smart cards to avail the services. To recharge the cards, ticket vending machines can be used via debit, credit or Bharat QR code. One can recharge them online too.

ThePrint’s photographers Suraj Singh Bisht and Manisha Mondal bring you glimpses of how the Delhi Metro will look like in the new normal.

At the frisking point people have to stand maintaining social distance | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Passengers will have to maintain social distancing at frisking points | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

A team of around officials/ staff will be deployed for all stations to ensure the cleanliness | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A team of officials/staff members will be deployed at all stations to ensure cleanliness | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

There are sanitation point at the metro station | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The metro stations will have sanitation points for passengers | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Metro employs are deployed at every entry gate of train. The trains will remain open for longer transition for smooth entry inside the bogie | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Metro employees will be deployed near each train door. The doors will remain open for longer duration to ensure smooth entry/exit of passengers | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Social distancing stickers are pasted on the floor of the metro station | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Floor markings to ensure social distancing inside stations | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

The ticket vending machines can be used to recharge smart cards | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Ticket vending machines can be used to recharge smart cards | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Sanitiser dispenser installed at the entry of the gate | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A sanitiser dispenser installed at the entry gate of a station | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

The shops at the metro station will reopen | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Shops inside metro stations will operate according to prevalent government guidelines | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Passengers can only sit a the alternative seats | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Passengers will be allowed to sit only on alternate seats | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Thorough disinfection of the entire station will be done during night hours | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Thorough disinfection of the entire station will be done during night hours | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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