India starts return to ‘normalcy’ braving Covid through Delhi Metro

NEW DELHI, SEP 7 (UNI):- A commuter undergoes checking at Rajiv Chowk station after Delhi Metro resumed services with curtailed operation amid the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, in New Delhi on Monday. UNI PHOTO-RK8U

New Delhi, Sep 7 (UNI) India’s resolve to return to ‘normalcy’ braving the Covid-19 pandemic kickstarted on Monday with the resumption of the Metro Railway services in the National Capital, one of the ‘crucial tasks’ under the ongoing Nationwide Unlock 4.0, effective from September 1.

According to experts, Unlock 4.0 seems ‘more crucial’ than the previous threes with the task of achieving three main targets-resumption of Delhi Metro Railway services, reconvening of Budget Session of Parliament and relief to citizens by allowing all sorts of gathering -social, religious and also political- by limiting these to 100 people-while maintaining strict social distancing norms.
The experts feel that while besides Delhi Metro Railway services, that will ensure comfort to commuters here, the Monsoon Session of Parliament-scheduled to start from September 14 will ‘strengthen’ country’s Parliamentary practice braving the pandemic.
The nod to political gatherings, besides social and religious,from September 21 -the third ‘main task’ -will be beneficial for the two upcoming Assembly elections in country- the Bihar Assembly Elections in November and the Bengal Assembly polls in April-May,2021.
According to official sources, the Centre is according priority to a ‘week-long vigil’ since the commencement of the Unlock4.0 with regard to the all the three ‘main tasks’ under it to check social distancing before starting another.
Informatively, while the Delhi Metro Railway and the Parliament Session are being arranged with a one week gap, gatherings across country-from September 21- will also adhere to the ‘one-week-norm.’
Even as some political parties had preferred postponement of the Bihar Polls and were having reservations relating to physical campaign in the poll bound state in view of of rising Coronavirus cases, the recent EC nod allowing physical campaign and the Unlock-4’s specification of it with strict social distancing norms have already enthused the electorate in Bihar as well as Bengal.
While social distancing will be the only thing to be ‘judged’ relating to Delhi Metro Railway Services and the poll campaign for the Bihar Assembly Elections-‘divided’ between online and physical- reconvening of the Budget session Parliament, not having a Question Hour and a curtailed Zero Hours, have raised some queries in some quarters.
According to some political observers, ” The truncated Parliament session from September 14 will not serve any fruitful purpose and only be a ‘notice board’ of the Government.


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