New Delhi (NVI): After a shutdown of almost six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delhi Metro today became fully operational with the reopening of Airport Express Line.
The entire Metro rail network in the national capital is now available from the pre-COVID-19 schedule 6 am to 11 pm, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) confirmed.
“With the resumption of service on the Airport Express Line, all lines of the Delhi Metro network are now open! Remember to follow the guidelines when travelling,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted.
With the resumption of service on the Airport Express Line, all lines of the Delhi Metro network are now open! Remember to follow the guidelines when travelling. #MetroBackOnTrack pic.twitter.com/e9BsAS9A9B
— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) September 12, 2020
The guidelines has been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs allowing the Delhi Metro to resume operations, following which the DMRC had said it would be done in three stages from September 7-12.
On September 7, the Delhi Metro had resumed services with curtailed operation of the Yellow Line and Rapid Metro. The Metro services were shut on March 22 to contain the spread of the deadly contagion.
Notably, the Airport Express Line has resumed services as part of the third stage of the graded re-opening of the Delhi Metro.
Under stage one, Yellow Line or Line 2 and Rapid Metro were made operational with restricted service hours.
Whereas, the stage two kicked in from Friday with Magenta and Grey lines operational with extended service hours, and stage three came into effect from today onwards with Metro services going back to pre-COVID-19 time schedule.
The DMRC has, however, appealed to people to use the rapid transport only if urgently needed.