LUCKNOW || Amid reports that the state government is planning to lift the lockdown in the state capital after May 31, the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation has begun preparations to restart the operations in Lucknow, which were abruptly stopped due to the Coronavirus lockdown on March 22.
According to officials, they were “all set to restart the commercial operations of the North-South corridor of Lucknow Metro, after being suspended for more than 60 days as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the Corona Virus.”
UPMRC on Friday conducted a special session at Centre of Excellence for Training (CoET) in Metro Depot, Transport Nagar. This meeting was convened by Kumar Keshav, MD, UPMRC in which various aspects of operational preparedness were discussed in detail for continuity of Metro services post lockdown.
UPMRC is a form of Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) and has been providing Metro train services to the people of Lucknow for more than 2 years now. After the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the Metro services were suspended during the lockdown but now the Metro staff is all geared up for the resumption of the train services again. Several precautionary measures have been taken by UPMRC for the safety & hygiene of passengers to provide a smooth & hassle-free journey to them.
The different initiatives which were discussed and informed to the staff included the thorough sanitation of both the Station premises & inside the trains. Kumar Keshav also emphasized on the regular sanitization of all the points that are commonly contacted by the commuters, every 4-5 hrs like TOMs (Ticket Counters), TVMs (Ticket Vending Machines), Customer Care centres, Entry-Exit and AFC gates, handrails inside trains, handrails of the escalator, platforms, lift buttons etc. He also appealed to the commuters to “Adopt Metro with social distancing”.
In reference to it, UPMRC management has also issued several mandatory guidelines for the commuters to follow at metro premises and trains. These guidelines include mandatory wearing of masks by all commuters, all the Lucknow Metro commuters to have AarogyaSetu app in their mobile phone, everyone must go through thermal screening before stepping into metro premises, one should be sitting with a gap of a seat with its fellow passenger inside the train.
At a time only two persons are allowed to use the lifts, an official told The News Agency and added that a request is being made to all to follow the marking at the stations so as to maintain social distancing norms.