Hyderabad: Metros start after a massive gap of months; 19k travel on Monday
Hyderabad: Metros start after a massive gap of months; 19k travel on Monday

Slowly, life is getting back on track in India, known as the new comeback, people are now gearing up for the new move. Recently, in this case, The metro rail services in Hyderabad resumed on the Miyapur – LB Nagar route on Monday after a gap of about five and a half months. Around 120 train trips took place on the first day from 7 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 9 pm on the route, against 800 trips on all corridors during the pre-COVID days. Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited Managing Director NVS Reddy said that around 19,000 passengers traveled on Monday, which was on the expected lines.

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He was quoted saying, "Passengers were happy with the Covid-19 measures, including sanitization and physical distancing, etc, they had mostly behaved responsibly." He further added, "We will resume operations on the Nagole-Raidurg route on Tuesday with the same timings and then operate all the corridors between 7 am and 9 pm from Wednesday.”  Services were operated with strict adherence to COVID guidelines and passengers boarded the train sporting masks. Wearing a face mask is mandatory for all passengers and staff, NVS Reddy said.

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Smart Card and Mobile QR tickets with cashless/online transactions were prompted for the safety of passengers. To ensure social distancing, suitable markings at stations and inside trains were made for passengers to stand. Only asymptomatic persons were allowed to travel, and passengers were thermally screened at the entry into the stations. The frequency of trains was around five minutes, and stations in containment zones were closed.

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