Each transport networks had been shut from March 22 when the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown was introduced.
Mumbai Metro One Personal Ltd chief government officer Abhay Kumar Mishra mentioned, “Though the providers had been shut, we had 300 staff coming in day by day to maintain the system prepared for operations. We’ll run round 200 providers between 8.30am and eight.30pm from Monday.”
Earlier than the lockdown was introduced, MMOPL ran round 400 providers carrying 4.5 lakh passengers on weekdays. Metro trains operated from 6.30am to 11.30pm.
Mishra mentioned, “There are new protocols to be adopted by passengers to manage the unfold of Covid-19. Now we have arrange kiosks at entry factors to examine physique temperatures as solely asymptomatic passengers might be allowed to journey. Carrying of masks is obligatory and we’ve made a provision for hand sanitizers as stations.”
MMOPL has additionally determined to cast off the token system for ticketing. He mentioned, “Passengers may have the choice to purchase cell tickets by means of pay wallets, Metro sensible playing cards and paper QR tickets.”
He mentioned cleansing of trains might be executed after each spherical journey and enhanced cleansing of frequent contact factors similar to escalators, staircases, handrails, ticket counters and platform benches might be undertaken too.
The variety of entry and exit gates might be fewer than pre-Covid to make sure easy dealing with of the passenger crowd.
In the meantime, Monorail is geared to function providers after 210 days from Sunday. A Mumbai Metropolitan Area Improvement Authority (MMRDA) spokesperson mentioned, “Prepare operations might be between 7.09am and 11.15am after which 4.09am and 9pm. A complete of 14 providers might be operated throughout morning peak hours and 16 throughout night peak hours.”
Passengers are suggested to journey with minimal baggage and keep away from carrying metallic gadgets for quicker frisking. They have to preserve solely pocket-sized sanitizers, if any, throughout journey.
At Monorail stations, too, entry factors might be restricted.
MMRDA commissioner R A Rajeev mentioned, “We urge our commuters to help us by abiding by all pointers and precautions ready to curb the unfold of Covid-19 virus, and revel in a seamless and protected journey.”