Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) has issued an announcement after lengthy queues Have been noticed exterior entry gates of many Delhi Metro stations previously a number of days
“After the resumption of Metro services from last month, the DMRC is running almost empty trains as we are carrying only 10-15% of our passenger capacity in view of the Covid restrictions imposed by the authorities,” it mentioned in an announcement.
“Lockdown guidelines have been further eased down by the authorities, enabling most of the economic activities to take place. As a result, there has been continuous build up of the passenger crowd outside our stations due to regulated entry resulting in inconvenience to them.”
It additional mentioned that regrets the inconvenience triggered to the passengers as a consequence of these restrictions. While appreciating the persistence and cooperation exhibited by the passengers in such a situation, DMRC hopes that the state of affairs shall enhance as soon as the restrictions are relaxed by the authorities.”
The DMRC in a statement on Thursday said in recent days, long queues have been observed outside metro stations as “entry to the stations is regulated as a consequence of restrictions on variety of passengers to be allowed contained in the prepare” in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to current guidelines, only sitting on alternative seats is permitted and no standing is allowed. Although, the DMRC is running maximum numbers of trains, passengers have to wait outside stations because of restrictions, it said.
Sources said each coach has a capacity of about 300 passengers, 50 seated and 250 standing. Since, commuters are not allowed, so effectively 25 people are riding in each carriage.
The DMRC is running 5,100 train trips everyday with a peak frequency of 2.5 to 5 minutes on all the major corridors. This was the same frequency at which the metro was operating during normal pre-Covid times, the DMRC said.
The metro is thus operating and running at its full frequency and permissible capacity but with reduced number of passengers, owing to restrictions, it said.