New Delhi, Sep 11 (UNI) After resuming services on most of its Lines under Stage-I of the Graded resumption from September 7-10, where services were being run for four hours each in morning and evening, the Delhi Metro resumed services on its last major Line-8, the Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden (37.5 KM/25 stations) & Line-9, Grey Line from Dwarka to Najafgarh (4.3 KM/3 stations) on Friday, under Stage-II.
‘With the people of Delhi NCR efficiently following our safety guidelines, we have successfully begun operations on the magenta and grey lines today. Take precautions and travel safe! #MetroBackOnTrack,’ the DMRC said in a tweet.
The timings for running the services on Lines re-opened till today under both stage-I as well stage-II will remain same-six hours each in the morning (from 0700 hrs to 1300 hrs) and evening (1600 hrs to 2200 hrs) with broadly the same frequency, which used to be before lockdown, a DMRC spokesperson said.
These service timings will remain valid only till Friday and the normal timing of services throughout the day from 0600 hrs to 2300 hrs will become applicable from September 12 onwards on all Lines, when the last Line of Delhi Metro network, the Airport Express Line from New Delhi to Dwarka Sec-21 (22.7 KM/6 stations), is made operational under Stage-III, the last stage under graded resumption plan of Metro services.
On Sundays (starting from September 20 onwards), the services will commence at 0800 hrs from all such sections, which had this practice in vogue before the lockdown also.
However, on this Sunday (September 13), the services on these lines will commence at 0600 hrs, as per the existing schedule.
Thus, all Lines of Delhi Metro network, comprising 349 km and 253 Metro stations, will become
fully operational from September 12, after a hiatus of more than five months since March 22, owing to
the national lockdown imposed by the Government, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Owing to the new norms of social distancing, which has significantly reduced the number of persons to be carried in a train, the DMRC also decided to run the peak hour frequency of trains from 0800 hrs to 2000 hrs, doing away with the concept of off-peak hours from 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs, where services were available with less trains/trips earlier.
‘General public is once again advised to adhere to social distancing norms/guidelines during the metro travel, due to the ongoing pandemic and also keep following DMRC’s website/social media platforms for regular updates on various Do’s & Don’ts required to be followed in these times for their own convenience, before heading out for the Metro station,’.