Kolkata: To guarantee strict adherence to social distancing norms, the Kolkata metro railway is planning to “drastically” scale back the variety of passengers in its trains as soon as it resumes operations, an official mentioned on Friday.
She mentioned preparations have begun for restarting providers within the metropolis with stress on sustaining social distancing at stations and contained in the trains. The metro railway will abide by pointers issued by the Centre for resumption, the official mentioned.
“We plan to drastically reduce the number of passengers to avoid crowding and discourage non-essential travel,” Kolkata metro railway spokesperson Indrani Banerjee instructed PTI.
Movement of passengers might be regulated at entry factors in addition to at sensible gates, she mentioned.
“In order to ensure that trains are not crowded and passengers maintain social distancing norms inside coaches, the metro railway, which normally carries 6 to 6.5 lakh people on a weekday, may ferry just one-third of the usual number,” Banerjee mentioned.
Rules and rules must be adopted for the security of passengers, even when that results in a considerable dip in income for the state-run transporter, the official mentioned.
“We will urge passengers to use smart cards instead of tokens since it changes hands several times in a day and can be a source of contamination,” she mentioned.
The variety of ticket counters may even be lowered to keep up a spot between queues.
Banerjee mentioned all passengers will endure thermal screening and carrying of face masks might be made obligatory.
The metro authorities, nevertheless, anticipate footfalls to be low as soon as it resumes providers as faculties and schools are closed, and authorities workplaces are functioning with lowered employees.
Metro railway officers may even maintain discussions with the state authorities earlier than recommencing providers, she mentioned, including, there are numerous purple zones via which the north-south alignment passes.