The Kolkata metro rail services to resume from September 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except on Sundays. Kolkata Metro Rail authorities on Wednesday released the guidelines for running the city’s underground commuting lifeline in the new normal phase.
As per the new guidelines, e-pass will be made available on the Metro Rail`s official website or on the Pathadisha app, and a passenger needs to book 12 hours prior to the journey.
“We are not confirming now that the service will resume from September 14. But there is a possibility. Metro service will run on September 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), and that is confirmed,” Kolkata Metro Rail spokesperson told IANS.
The guidelines further stated that trains will stop for 30 seconds now at every station, instead of 20 seconds earlier. The seats will have cross marks where passengers are permitted to sit.
Further, if any station falls under the COVID-19 containment zone, it will remain closed. The new guidelines also stated that the last train will start at 7 p.m. from both the end stations.
Only Metro Rail officials will be able to enter the stations showing their identity cards and then they can collect necessary passes. Special passes will be issued for employees of contract agencies who work for the Kolkata Metro.
According to sources, every passenger will have to wear masks and undergo thermal screening before entering the station. Only three persons will be allowed to use the elevator at a time. No passenger will be allowed to commute by Metro if he or she is having cough or fever.
“Elders and children” are not encouraged to travel by Metro trains. The official also said spitting at stations is strictly prohibited and is a punishable offence.