Namma Metro services will begin on the Purple Line on September 7 and on the Green Line on September 9 at reduced operational hours. Trains will run at intervals of five minutes during peak hours and 10 minutes during non-peak hours.
While passengers must compulsorily wear a face mask, installing the Arogya Setu app is not mandatory. With the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs announcing guidelines for Metro operations on Wednesday, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said it will operate train services between 8am-11am and 4.30pm-7.30pm until September 11 when trains will function from 7am to 9pm.
Managing director Ajay Seth said BMRCL will release a full SOP on Thursday, but revealed only Metro cards with online recharge will be permitted. “We won’t issue tokens. Trains will run at about 20% capacity to maintain social distancing.
There will not be more than 400 passengers per train at any time and not more than 50 passengers on platforms at any time. Arogya Setu app will be encouraged but it is not mandatory. Elderly persons and very young children are advised to avoid travel.” Seth said halt times will be 60 seconds at all stations and 75 seconds at Kempegowda Majestic interchange station.
Namma Metro has been closed for 167 days (March 22-September 6) now and has incurred a loss of Rs 133 crore during this period. It is suffering a revenue loss of Rs 80 lakh per day or Rs 25 crore a month due to cancellation of services. Project funds are being used to pay staff salaries. Namma Metro used to carry around 4.5 lakh passengers a day before the lockdown.