Delhi CM Kejriwal, on Sunday 23 August, said that he has requested the Centre to allow resuming Delhi Metro services in a phased manner.
The CM has made the request at a time when the Central government is planning to issue guidelines for Unlock 4 from September 1.
Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi metro services are now ready to open on a trial basis as the COVID-19 situation in the state capital is now under control.
Earlier on the day, it has been reported by media that Delhi metro services could be resumed on a trial basis for 15 days from September.
It has also been said that only 50 passengers will be allowed on a bus and the metro will only be opened for essential services.
“We have requested Centre to allow re-opening of Delhi Metro in a phased manner, on a trial basis, as COVID19 situation in Delhi is under control now. I hope the Centre will take a decision soon: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal”, the tweet read.
The development comes when DMRC boss Mangu Singh inspected the subway station Rajiv Chowk on August 20 to check the functioning of the operating systems and maintenance work.
The inspection is carried out with the expectation of a resumption of train traffic with appropriate safety protocols.
Earlier, a report said that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been readied for the operation.
The passengers who are permitted to travel in the metro trains will have to follow certain conditions.
According to sources, the Delhi Metro has suffered loss of nearly Rs 1,300 crore since the closure of services late March.
From thermal scanners to test the temperature of passengers to stickers on social distancing norms pasted on seats and platform floors, the Delhi Metro has been preparing to handle commuters as per safety guidelines, whenever the services are ordered to be resumed.
Earlier, when condition was normal, the average daily ridership of the DMRC is over 26 lakh.