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As part of new guidelines, entry will be allowed through only one gate at metro stations. Only asymptomatic people will gain entry, and then they will be under a hawk-eyed vigil on wearing masks and keeping distance. No tokens will be issued and only smart cards will work. Inside coaches, too, strict social distancing will apply and masks need to be in place.
At any sign of trouble, trains will skip stations or troublesome passengers will be asked to disembark.
The reopening will happen in three different stages with gradually increasing operational hours and addition of more corridors. In the first stage, trains will operate from 7am to 11am and 4pm to 8pm, said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief Mangu Singh.
Instead of 10 to 20 seconds, trains will now stop for 30 to 40 seconds at the stations and 60 seconds at interchange stations to ensure commuters board or de-board while maintaining social distancing. As the trains will be thoroughly sanitised after each trip, the turnaround time at the terminal stations will also go up.
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