After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced lockdown in the national capital till April 26, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday announced temporary closure of entry points of several metro stations in the city.
Kejriwal on Monday announced a six-day lockdown in Delhi in the effort to check the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases.
As a part of the efforts to check the rapid spread of the disease as the city faces the fourth wave of the pandemic, the DMRC announced the closure of several metro entry points to control the crowd of commuters and help social distancing.
The metro stations, which entry points are closed are Jhandewalan, R K Ashram Marg, Karkardooma, Preet Vihar, Nirman Vihar, Supreme Court, Anand Vihar, ISBT, Vaishali
"Entry for the following stations have been temporarily closed to ensure social distancing as part of our crowd control measures: Jhandewalan, R K Ashram Marg, Karkardooma, Preet Vihar, Nirman Vihar, Supreme Court, Anand Vihar, ISBT, Vaishali," the DMRC tweeted.
Entry points of metro stations Shadipur, Dwarka mor, Tagore Garden, Rajouri Garden, Patel Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Rajendra Place, Moti Nagar, Bahadurgarh City, Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Shyam Park, Raj Bagh and Mohan Nagar are also closed.
However, restricted entry is permitted at Rajiv Chowk, MG Road, New Delhi and Chandni Chowk metro stations, the DMRC said.
In view of the curfew imposed in the city from April 19 10 pm to April 26 5 pm, the metro services will be available from 8 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 7pm across the network with a frequency of 30 minutes, the DMRC said in a release.
For the rest of the hours, services will be available across the network with a frequency of 60 minutes, stated the release by Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, DMRC.
According to the DMRC release, Metro services during this period can be availed only by the exempted category of people as per the latest government order on production of the valid IDs.
During this period, travel will be allowed only up to 50 percent seating capacity in the Metro. In addition, no standing passenger shall be allowed during the travel, the release added.