Delhi: DMRC revises operational plan, increases frequency of metro trains
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday revised its operational plan for the six-day lockdown period and increased the frequency of metro trains from 30 minutes to 15 minutes during peak hours. For the rest of the hours of the day, the frequency was increased from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. It also increased the city metro's operation timing during the peak hours.
These are the peak hours
On Monday, the DMRC said that services during the lockdown period for peak hours -- morning (8:00 am to 10:00 am) and evening (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) -- across the network will be available with a frequency of 30 minutes
DMRC earlier closed several entry points to ensure social distancing
DMRC said, "To offer more capacity in compliance to 50 percent seating provision with no standing to eligible people traveling by metro during the curfew period, which is imposed in NCT of Delhi till 5:00 am of April 26, 2021, the DMRC has now decided to revise its operational plan with immediate effect." Earlier today, DMRC closed several metro-entry points to ensure social distancing.
DMRC tweeted about temporarily closed metro stations
"Entry for the following stations have been temporarily closed to ensure social distancing as part of our crowd control measures: Jhandewalan, RK Ashram Marg, Karkardooma, Preet Vihar, Nirman Vihar, Supreme Court, Anand Vihar, ISBT, Vaishali," the DMRC said in a series of tweets.
Essential services will continue during the lockdown
While imposing the week-long curfew, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said, "If we do not impose a lockdown, we might be staring at a disaster. It is absolutely vital to impose a lockdown." He announced a lockdown from 10 pm on Monday till 5 am next Monday (April 26). Essential services will continue during the lockdown.
Metro services can be availed after presenting valid identity proof
Metro services can be availed only by the exempted category of people on presenting valid identity proof. Kejriwal had announced a six-day lockdown in Delhi to deal with the rising COVID-19 cases as the city's health system was stretched to its limits.
Delhi reported 23,686 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday
Delhi, which has surpassed Mumbai for being the worst-hit city, witnessed a marginal dip in COVID-19 infections without a drastic decline in the number of tests. Delhi reported 23,686 new cases on Monday, thus taking the total tally to 8,77,146 COVID-19 cases. The daily positivity rate stood at a worrisome 26%. A record 240 deaths pushed the death toll to 12,361.
India recorded more than 2.5 lakh cases on Monday
India logged 2,59,170 fresh cases on Monday, thus taking the total tally to 1,53,21,089 cases. With 1,761 new deaths recorded, the COVID-19 death toll has pushed to 1,80,530. So far 1,31,08,582 patients have recovered.