The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) resumed metro services across the national capital after a hiatus of five months. Metro services have been closed in the national capital since March due to the coronavirus lockdown. Delhi Metro started today with limited operations on the Yellow Line connecting Samaypur Badli to HUDA City Centre and Rapid Metro for limited hours. Trains will operate in four-hour shifts, i.e., 07:00 am to 11:00 am and 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and stated that while he was happy that the metro has started its operations from today and good arrangements have been made, we cannot be negligent about taking precautions against coronavirus.
मुझे ख़ुशी है कि आज से मेट्रो शुरू हो रही है। मेट्रो ने अच्छे इंतज़ाम किए हैं। हम सबको भी सावधानी बरतने में कोई लापरवाही नहीं करनी। https://t.co/bFUz9XXk74— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 7, 2020
The Delhi Metro resumed with strict social distancing and necessary precautionary measures in place. DMRC officials have urged people to avail metro services in cases of emergency.
Commuters across the national capital welcomed the resumption of metro services. A passenger told ANI, "It is a very good move. Metro rail helps save time and money. Passengers need to take all precautions while travelling. Service hours should gradually be extended."
People taking the #DelhiMetro on the first day of resumption of services say, "It is a very good move. Metro rail helps save time and money. Passengers need to take all precautions while travelling. Service hours should be gradually extended." pic.twitter.com/f6I3Z2aGxH— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2020
Twitterati expressed their excitement to travel again in the Delhi metro.
The first four-hour shift went smoothly as the commuters who availed the metro services after a 169-day long sabbatical followed all the safety norms necessary to combat COVID-19, according to the official statement by DMRC. Trains will not halt at stations that come under containment zone areas and on stations where passengers are found flouting social distancing norms and safety procedures. The Ministry of Home Affairs had issued 'Unlock 4.0' guidelines recently and had permitted metro rail operations from September 7 in a graded manner.