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NEW DELHI: It is time to rather live with the Covid threat. After remaining shut for over 170 days, the passenger services of the Delhi Metro Rail resumed on its Blue and Pink lines from Wednesday. More segments will resume operations in the days ahead in a phased manner, the company has announced.
India’s Covid infection figures are running at the rate of 80,000 per day, with a total of 4.28 million infections so far since March last, and deaths so far of 72,750. On world covid graph, India is now occupying the second position, next only to that of the United States. Curiously, the total Chinese infection toll since December last is only of over 83,000.
“Delhi Metro will resume operations after 171 days on its Blue Line – from Dwarka Sec 21 to Electronic City/Vaishali & Pink Line – from Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar from (Wednesday),” The DMRC said in an announcement on Tuesday. It added, “Re-opening of these two lines will ensure availability of nine of the existing 28 interchange metro stations as given below: Rajouri Garden, INA Delhi Haat, Mayur Vihar Phase – I, Karkarduma, Rajiv Chowk, Yamuna Bank, Anand Vihar ISBT, Azadpur and Sikanderpur,” said DMRC.
The stations in containment zones would remain closed, DMRC said.
Tomorrow, on September 10, Red Line or Line 1 from Rithala to Shaheed Sthal New Bus Adda; Green Line or Line 5 from Kirti Nagar/Inderlok to Brig Hoshiar Singh (Bahadurgarh), and Violet Line or Line 6 from Kashmere Gate to Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabhgarh) will also resume services. The timings will remain unchanged, DMRC said.
In stage-2, from September 11, the Magenta Line or Line 8 from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden; and Grey Line or Line 9 from Dwarka to Najafgarh will also become operational. The trains in stage two will operate in batches of six-hour each from 7 AM to 1 PM and 4-10 PM.
Over 15,000 passengers travelled on Delhi Metro on Monday, when it resumed its Yellow Line on a limited scale.
From September 12, when stage three resumes, in addition to lines made operational in stage one and stage two, the Airport Express Line from New Delhi to Dwarka on Sec-21 will also resume service.
Services on all lines will be available throughout the day from 6 AM to 11 PM.
Meanwhile, India will also resume the suspended schooling from later this month. A government announcement said that partial resumption of schooling for students of classes IX to XII will resume from September 21. This will be part of the nation’s Unlock IV schedule to resume suspended public activities since March 25 last in the wake of the Covid spread in the country.
Train services resumed in stage one will from this date also follow the timing prescribed in stage two, it added. –IHN-NN
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