Mumbai’s Metro service, which has been closed since March, resumed from Monday. Keeping the menace of Coronavirus in mind, metro administration has made several changes in travel rules. Only 350 people are allowed to travel as of now. In normal days, 1350 passengers travel in it. Currently, the metro has started between the Ghatkopar and Versova. Gradually other lines will be opened up.
However, on the first day, fewer people were seen travelling in metro trains than expected. Mumbai’s metro service connects the eastern and western areas. Therefore, its commencement is a big relief for travellers.
The frequency of the metro has been reduced to 1 metro per 8 minutes. Earlier, the train used to come to the station every five minutes. Unlike suburban local trains, all passengers will be allowed in metro trains. In local trains, only women and people connected with essential services are allowed to travel.
New rules for Metro travel:
- Passengers will be given paper tickets and QR tickets instead of plastic tokens to reduce the risk of infection. Digital payments will be encouraged.
- The temperature inside the coach will be maintained between 25 and 27 degrees Celsius.
- All stations and coaches will be sanitized regularly. Employees will also be present inside the train to make follow the rules.
- The station gates will be opened 15 minutes before the start of trains. Entry and exit will only be allowed through specified gates.
- Passengers will be required to undergo thermal screening at stations, wearing masks and complying with social distancing, whether platform or train.
- You can sit or stand instead of the sticker mounted on the train. Passengers have been advised to carry minimum luggage and avoid touching metal objects.
- Children and the elderly have been advised not to travel in the metro.
- Use of Arogya-Setu app is also mandatory.