Mamata ‘reduces’ lockdown, Kolkata set to resume Metro services for NEET Exam aspirants

In wake of NEET exams, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has decided to reduce the two day complete lockdown in the state to only on Friday September 11.

The lockdown on September 12 has been cancelled owing to NEET applicants and their guardians travelling to different parts of the state and some having to make arrangements to stay overnight ahead of the NEET exam on September 13. BJP has lashed out at Mamata, terming her earlier move to declare a complete lockdown a day before the NEET exams, as vendetta-driven.

BJP and Mamata have been at loggerheads over the Centre’s decision to go by the Supreme Court order to conduct NEET and JEE Main entrance exams. The war of words was amidst concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic that could affect lakhs of students across the country.

Metro services will be operational in Kolkata for NEET candidates and their guardians on September 13 using Smart cards. For all other passengers, services will resume from the 14th of September barring Sundays, with several restrictions in place, owing to the prevalent COVID-19 situation.

On Wednesday Metro Railway General Manager Manoj Mishra inspected metro stations in the city of joy to make sure arrangements were in place ahead of the resumption of metro services.

Metro services have resumed in Delhi and other parts of the country from September 7, in a graded manner. There is a list of Dos and Don’ts for passengers to abide by post the lockdown while India is still in the midst of a rising number of COVID-19 cases.

“Use of Aarogya Setu App is one such step to ensure that and it is advisable that those who can have Aarogya Setu App in their phones must use it while heading for the Metro. DMRC is not stopping anyone from travelling without the App but, in the larger public interest, it is advisable to use the App. Those who show moderate/high risk in the App will not be permitted to travel as this might expose other commuters to Corona risk.” Read the statement issued by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Metro railway services in Delhi will resume normally from September 12 from 6 am to 11 pm with fewer passengers permitted on trains owing to social distancing norms. Passengers will have to undergo thermal screening, use sanitizers from the dispensers apart from wearing masks.

Elders are advised against undertaking the metro journey as they are more susceptible to contracting the COVID-19 virus. Spitting too is prohibited as part of the norms.

These norms are to be followed by metro railway commuters across other cities in the country.

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