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Global Statistics

All countries
528,243,235
Confirmed
Updated on May 24, 2022 2:41 am
All countries
484,388,043
Recovered
Updated on May 24, 2022 2:41 am
All countries
6,301,714
Deaths
Updated on May 24, 2022 2:41 am

Delhi Metro trains, buses to run with full seating capacity

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In a major relief for commuters, authorities announced on Tuesday that city buses and metro trains will return to running to their full seating capacity throughout the week in the wake of long queues witnessed at various bus stands stations of the mass rapid transit system.

However, the new regulations come amid a massive surge in coronavirus cases — 5,481 cases with a positivity rate of 8.37 per cent.

The new regulations came as the Delhi government had feared that bus stops and metro stations could become super spreaders after the seating capacity had been halved and long queues were seen at such places.

“There will be a curfew on Saturdays and Sundays. People are requested to step out only when it is absolutely necessary. The weekend curfew will begin from Friday evening to Monday morning,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

On December 28, the DDMA declared a ‘yellow alert’ after the positivity rate crossed the 0.5 per cent mark, and closed down cinemas and gyms. It had directed shops selling non-essential items to open on an odd-even basis and reduced the seating capacity in metro trains and buses to 50 per cent.

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Night curfew from 11 pm to 5 pm has already been imposed in Delhi since December 27.

“Fearing that bus stops and metro stations can become super spreaders due to overcrowding, it has been decided to run buses and metro trains on full capacity. But no one can travel without a mask,” Sisodia said.

Sources said the Delhi Metro will comply with all new regulations of the DDMA. The DMRC network’s current span is nearly 392 km with 286 stations, including the Noida Greater Noida Metro Corridor and Rapid Metro, Gurgaon.

Long queues of people have been seen outside various Delhi Metro stations after imposition of ‘yellow alert’ curbs by authorities to check the spread of rising cases of COVID-19 in Delhi.

On December 30, a group of people had blocked MB Road and damaged a few DTC buses after not being allowed to board a vehicle which had exceeded the permissible passenger-carrying capacity amid new restrictions.

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