Lengthy queues had been seen exterior metro stations in Ghaziabad because the Delhi Metro Rail Company (DMRC) started limiting the motion of passengers at stations, because the Delhi authorities underneath the primary part of the Graded Response Motion Plan (GRAP) referred to as for ‘Yellow’. Alert was issued. The unfold of COVID-19 within the nationwide capital.

The Delhi authorities issued a yellow alert because the positivity charge of COVID has been above 0.5% for 2 consecutive days—0.68% on December 27 and 0.89% on December 28.

In Ghaziabad, folks queued up exterior completely different stations on the Purple Line and Blue Line of the DMRC community, because the entry time on the stations elevated. DMRC’s Purple Line has eight stations in Ghaziabad, with the Metro hall terminating at New Bus Adda station, whereas Blue Line has two stations with a terminating station at Vaishali.

Commuters had been seen ready exterior New Bus Adda, Arthla, Mohan Nagar and Vaishali Metro stations.

“The time taken to enter the stations has elevated. I needed to wait for nearly an hour to enter the station at New Bus Adda and acquired late for workplace,” mentioned Monu Sharma, a resident of Kavi Nagar.

“I waited exterior New Bus Adda metro station for about half an hour after which determined to take an auto at Anand Vihar border to achieve Delhi. The queues exterior the stations had been very lengthy and hardly any social distancing was noticed,” mentioned Mohammad Nazim, a passenger.

The Delhi authorities on Tuesday introduced a collection of restrictions within the nationwide capital in view of the growing instances of Kovid. As per the brand new tips issued by the Delhi Catastrophe Administration Authority (DDMA), metro trains must run with 50% folks on seats and no passenger is allowed to face.

A DMRC spokesperson mentioned the restrictions that had been carried out on Tuesday led to elevated ready occasions.

“We’ve suggested passengers to maintain additional time for his or her journey. The seating capability in a coach has been restricted to 50% and nobody can be allowed to maneuver whereas standing. The motion of passengers and queues contained in the metro station premises is being monitored by DMRC; The queues exterior the stations fall underneath the jurisdiction of the native administration. A DMRC spokesperson mentioned that the schedule and variety of trains haven’t been reduce.

After the announcement of the brand new tips, DMRC mentioned that out of 712 metro gates within the community, solely 444 could be stored open. DMRC has additionally urged folks to journey just for important actions.

“In view of the restrictions imposed to include the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic, entry via sure gates can be regulated. Subsequently, passengers are requested to journey solely when completely vital and maintain some additional time for his or her journey.

In an announcement issued on Wednesday, DMRC mentioned that they’ve deployed 15 flying squads throughout the community to make sure that the COVID security protocols are being strictly adopted by passengers inside trains and within the premises of metro stations. Is.

Ghaziabad district administration officers mentioned that they’ve suggested residents and passengers to strictly observe the COVID protocol. “We once more urge folks to observe the COVID protocol; Violation could lead to penalties in addition to authorized motion. We’ve additionally directed our groups to conduct inspections at metro stations to test violations,” mentioned Vipin Kumar, extra district Justice of the Peace (metropolis).

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