West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that Kolkata Metro may resume services from 1 July and that due to pandemic passengers will be allowed only up to the seating capacity.
“We are discussing with the Metro authorities about resuming the Metro services from 1st July, allowing passengers only up to the seating capacity,” said Mamata.
Besides, she also announced that the coronavirus-forced lockdown will be extended in the state till July 31.
However, the timing for relaxations in the lockdown was extended from 5 am to 10 pm.
“The night curfew will remain in force between 10 pm and 5 am, instead of current 9 pm to 5 am, during the extended coronavirus lockdown till July 31”, she said.
While speaking to media, Mamata Banerjee said,
“We have decided that (from July 1) the night curfew hours will be from 10 pm to 5 am. We also want the Metro railways to resume services from July 1, by following all the precautionary and sanitisation norms and only with 100 per cent seat occupancy policy.”
“Kolkata Metro railways should ensure that it is running trains without any passenger standing or coaches being overcrowded,” she added.
Meanwhile, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced that West Bengal Higher Secondary exam, which was scheduled to be held on July 2, 6 and 8, has been postponed. The next date for the exams will be announced later, he added.