The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced that Metro services will remain suspended till March 31 in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the National capital.
“The move is aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring social distancing and encouraging people to stay at home for the time being,” a statement from DMRC read.
Moreover, Aqua Line–the Metro line connecting Noida and Greater Noida in NCR–will also remain suspended till March 31, as per the announcement made by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).
Prior to announcing the complete shutdown of Metro services in Delhi NCR, the DMRC and NMRC on Saturday had announced that the Metro services would be curtailed on Monday, i.e. March 23, to promote social distancing. However, a day later the corporations decided to extend the suspension of services till March 31 in view of the spread of the fatal virus.
On Sunday, the Metro services were closed in view of an appeal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe ‘Janata Curfew’ for a day.
Despite the shutdown, however, a statement from DMRC read: “The Delhi Metro system will continue to be powered for essential internal operational maintenance activities during this duration and security of the system will continue to be taken care of by the CISF.”