Ahead of the opening of the Pink Line segment in Trilokpuri on Aug. 6, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Thursday urged passengers to travel only during rush hours when absolutely necessary to avoid crowds during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Delhi Metro said in a statement that with almost the entire fleet of DMRC, which is about 2,000 coaches, the total available seating capacity is only about one lakh (50 in each coach). During rush hour, more than two lakh passengers come to the metro stations every day.
Following the relaxations in Covid safety standards, the Delhi metro will operate at full seating capacity from July 26, with still no provision for standing travel for commuters.
Since the space available for seated passengers is not enough to allow all two lakh passengers in, they need to be regulated and consequently the number of passengers that can be accommodated to sit is only allowed. Obviously, this will result in a large number of passengers having to wait outside the stations, the DMRC said.
Furthermore, not all gates of stations are open for access. Only one gate at stations with fewer passers-by and two gates at busy stations will be opened. From time to time the reason for the above situation has been clarified and it is clarified again that although almost the entire fleet of trains is put into service by the DMRC, due to current guidelines only sitting on the trains is allowed leading to reduced load carrying capacity , it added.
“So, in view of the current restrictions that limit the metro to a limited number of passengers, the DMRC once again advises and calls on the general public to travel only during rush hours when absolutely necessary and to make the journey as best as possible. plan during off-peak hours to get better capacity than peak times, avoiding long queues,” it said.
At the moment, long lines of passengers are noticed outside the metro stations and passengers have to wait outside the stations before being allowed in, the city transport company said.
Thus, to regulate passenger access, it is necessary to limit the number of gates, because if more gates are opened, it will be difficult to regulate the number of passengers on trains. This is why a limited number of gates are being opened, officials said.
Opening more gates will only lead to “crowding and violations of social distancing standards” in the trains and stations, the statement said.
“Recently, random incidents have also been reported from across the network at peak times where impatient passengers have attempted to break into subway stations by breaking queues, forcibly opening or damaging gates, manipulating DMRC and CISF personnel on duty, violation of Covid -appropriate behavior,” it added.
Such acts not only create law and order problems, but also endanger the lives of fellow passengers and metro officials, in addition to increasing the risk of spreading COVID-19, the statement said.
The advisory will take meaning from 3 p.m. Friday, the Pink Line segment between Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake and Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 will open for passenger services in the morning after the inauguration.
Pink Line is all set to become the DMRC’s longest operational corridor from Friday, which would also save time and money for commuters as the gap in Trilokpuri on the line has been closed after much delay. The Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar corridor or the Pink Line includes 38 stations. Pink Line opened in several phases in 2018. And all stations on the line are open.