All corridors of the Metro network are now in operation and the timing of services will follow the pre-COVID-19 schedule of 6 am to 11 pm.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Saturday resumed its full services 170 after being completely shut due to Coronavirus pandemic. As per reports, the Airport Express Line was resumed today and the Metro services across the national capital will now be available from 6 am to 11 pm.
All corridors of the Metro network are now in operation and the timing of services will follow the pre-COVID-19 schedule of 6 am to 11 pm. “With the resumption of service on the Airport Express Line, all lines of the Delhi Metro network are now open! Remember to follow the guidelines when travelling. #MetroBackOnTrack,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted.
On Monday, the Delhi Metro had resumed services with curtailed operation of the Yellow Line and Rapid Metro. The Metro services were shut on March 22 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had recently issued guidelines allowing the Delhi Metro to resume operations in a graded manner, following which the DMRC had said it would be done in three stages from September 7-12.
Under stage one, Yellow Line or Line 2 and Rapid Metro were made operational with restricted service hours. Stage two kicked in from Friday with extended service hours, and stage three came into effect from Saturday onward.
Meanwhile, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh has appealed to the people that they should refrain from travelling during peak hours. “All services of Delhi Metro will resume from September 12 and it will be available at all lines in normal timing. But I want to bring it into your notice that the capacity has been reduced due to the social distancing protocol,” he said.
With the resumption of service on the Airport Express Line, all lines of the Delhi Metro network are now open! Remember to follow the guidelines when travelling. #MetroBackOnTrack pic.twitter.com/e9BsAS9A9B
— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) September 12, 2020
“Earlier, we used to carry 250-300 passengers at once but now the capacity has been reduced to 50 only. Hence, I request you to refrain from travelling during peak hours. If you do this then Delhi Metro will be able to serve you better,” he added.
He also warned against thinking that everything has returned to normal, while urging to continue “work from home”.
As per reports, the Delhi Metro incurred a revenue loss of over Rs 1,500 crore, about Rs 10 crore per day on an average during the 170 days of shutdown.