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Delhi Metro releases timings for train services during 6-day lockdown. Details here

Metro services will be available during rush hours. Check timings (PTI)Premium
Metro services will be available during rush hours. Check timings (PTI)

  • Delhi Metro to ply during the morning from 8 am to 10 am and evening (5 pm to 7 pm) peak hours across the network with a headway (frequency) of 30 minutes, said DMRC
  • Services during this period can be availed only by the exempted category of people on the production of valid identity cards

In view of the 6-day lockdown imposed in Delhi from 10 pm today till 5 am on 26 April, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday released raised timings of train services in compliance with the Delhi curfew guidelines.

According to DMRC, Delhi Metro services will be available during the morning (8 AM to 10 AM) and evening (5 PM to 7 PM) peak hours across the network with a headway (frequency) of 30 minutes.

However, "for the rest of the hours of the day, metro rail services across the network will be available with a frequency of 60 minutes," it added.

DMRC also stated that services during this period can be availed only by the exempted category of people on the production of valid identity cards.

In Delhi -- the worst-hit city in India -- 25,500 fresh cases were reported on Sunday, with almost one-third of those tested returning positive coronavirus results.

"Delhi's health system is at a tipping point. The Covid-19 situation is pretty critical," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a televised address.

"If we don't impose a lockdown now, we will be looking at a bigger disaster. From tonight there will be a lockdown until next Monday."

He said businesses would be shut and movement around the northern city of 20 million limited to essential services, from 10:00 pm on Monday to 5:00 am the following Monday.

The national capital's health system is stretched although it has not collapsed yet, he said, adding that despite around 25,500 cases coming up every day, Delhi's health system is still functioning. But any system has its limit, he said while addressing an online press conference.

As per the orders, issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, movement of people will be allowed for marriage related gatherings and up to 50 people will be permitted to attend a wedding, but they will have to show soft or hard copy of the marriage card. For funerals, 20 people will be allowed to attend.

Essential services will be allowed during the lockdown, but private offices and other establishments like shops, malls, weekly markets, manufacturing units, educational and coaching institutes, cinema halls, restaurants, bars, assembly halls, auditoriums, public parks, sport complexes, gyms, spas, barber shops, saloons and beauty parlours will remain closed.

The DDMA also noted that swimming pools (except those being used for training of sportspersons for participation in national and international events), construction activities (except where labourers are residing onsite) will also remain shut.

According to the DDMA, e-passes obtained by a person for movement connected to essential goods and services during night curfew and weekend curfew will also be valid for the six-day restrictions.

"I appeal to people not to leave Delhi during the lockdown. We will take care of you. I am there to ensure it," the chief minister said earlier in day.

He said that he has been strictly against lockdown, adding that he believes it can slow the pace of infections but its not a solution.

(With inputs from agencies)

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