In view of the improved second wave Covid-19 situation, Delhi Metro services began running with full seating capacity but there is still no provision for standing travel for commuters from Monday.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was running with 50 per cent seating capacity until Sunday after it had resumed after Covid-19 induced restrictions on June 7.
To handle increase in volume of commuters, DMRC has also made 16 additional entry gates operational at 16 stations that is one at each station across the metro network to facilitate the movement of passengers.
The officials said DMRC is already easing passenger entry at all its stations through 260 gates, to which after addition of 16 gates is now 276 gates that will be operational.
The DMRC said that metro stations at which the 16 additional gates will became operational includes Janakpuri West, Karol Bagh, Vaishali, Kashmere Gate, Central Secretariat and M G Road.
DMRC will ensure that all steps are taken will provide ease of entry and convenient travel to the general public.
In view of the latest guidelines issued on July 26 by the Delhi government regarding noble coronavirus containment, services have began this morning with 100 per cent seating capacity.
The DMRC officials requested passengers to use metro train services "only when it is absolutely necessary and observe all Covid-related travel protocols in place for their own and everyone else`s safety in this fight against the pandemic".
The DMRC also said public traveling in standing position in metros is still not permitted by the authorities and entry at stations will also continue to be regulated through identified gates as per the ongoing practice.
Delhi Metro train services were completely suspended since May 10 in view of the rising cases amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic induced restrictions which resumed from June 7.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authorities (DDMA) announced further more relaxations on Covid-19 induced restrictions on Saturday in view of the improved pandemic situation.
As per data shared by the city health department, no fatality was recorded in Delhi due to Covid-19 on Saturday, while 66 fresh cases of the same were reported with the positivity rate of 0.09 per cent.