TNM travelled throughout all three corridors to gauge the response to Hyderabad Metro providers that started operations after a 5.5-month break.
After a hiatus of round 5 and half months as a result of coronavirus pandemic, all three corridors of the Hyderabad Metro Rail have opened up in three phases. Greater than 4 lakh individuals used to make use of the Hyderabad Metro each day. The footfall had touched a file 4.6 lakh individuals on the eve of New Yr with revellers selecting to make use of the metro, as providers have been prolonged as much as 2 am for the comfort of residents. Pre COVID-19, round 800 journeys have been being operated each day on all three corridors collectively.
Quick ahead to September, put up the lockdown after operations resumed, on the primary day on Monday, 120 prepare journeys have been comprised of 7 am to 12 midday and later from 4 pm to 9 pm on hall 1 (Purple line from Miyapur to LB Nagar). Round 19,000 passengers travelled on Monday.
On Tuesday, hall 3 (Blue line from Nagole to Raidurg) additionally started operations and the identical timings have been adopted as day 1. A complete of 240 journeys have been made and a complete of 26,000 passengers used the metro on day 2. On hall 1, the numbers fell from 19,000 passengers on day 1 to 17,000 passengers on day 2. 9000 passengers used the Blue line which started operations on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, all three corridors have been operational and it was introduced that the timings have been additionally prolonged from 7 am to 9 pm, with none breaks.
To know the bottom state of affairs, TNM travelled on the Hyderabad Metro on Wednesday. We boarded the metro at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad and travelled on the blue line to Ameerpet.
Not like common, it was easy to discover a parking spot on the entrance of the Parade Grounds metro station. There was nobody round to gather the parking price of Rs 3 per hour for parking a two-wheeler. On the entrance, we observed that the ATM and the ticket merchandising machines weren’t being operated and posters have been discovered which learn, “This machine shouldn’t be in operation to keep away from a number of contact by passengers”. An announcement was heard asking passengers to make use of the metro sensible card for the comfort of passengers and to discourage individuals from utilizing the forex to purchase tickets. In case you don’t have a sensible card, you possibly can stroll as much as the counter and purchase a ticket.
Earlier than we might proceed in direction of the doorway, a workers greeted us with a smile, following which she checked our physique temperature with an infrared thermal gun after which requested us to make use of the hand sanitizer offered. From the smile on their faces and their expression, the workers appeared blissful and relieved to have returned to their jobs– after an extended break as a result of pandemic.
We then tapped our metro card and headed for the safety examine, following which we proceeded in direction of the concourse degree from the place we took an escalator to the platform. All of the outlets on the concourse degree have been closed and haven’t begun operations as but. We then boarded a prepare on the blue line and headed in direction of Ameerpet.
We observed the prepare was 3 coaches lengthy and hardly round 60 individuals have been there onboard the prepare at any given level of time. The seats and the ground had markings, to remind individuals about social distancing. As there have been only a few passengers onboard, there was sufficient seating for everybody on the prepare.
We acquired off on the Ameerpet metro station, which is a hub, the place the blue and inexperienced traces converge. We discovered that whereas 30% of the outlets on the station have been open, nearly all of them nonetheless had their shutters down. Once we enquired concerning the response to their companies ever since operations started, the person sitting on the Tibbs Frankie retailer who was busy taking part in a sport of playing cards on his telephone regarded up for a minute and mentioned, “Earlier than the lockdown started, we used to do enterprise value Rs 50,000 in a day, within the final three days there has hardly been any enterprise.” He then shortly went again to taking part in his sport.
When requested concerning the security precautions being adopted, a loco pilot mentioned, “Each couple of hours the prepare and the stations are being sanitized by the workers. I’m on an 8-hour shift. Although we don’t are available direct contact with passengers throughout the journeys, as we use the stations, we preserve sanitizing and by no means take off our masks to make sure we’re secure.”
From Ameerpet, we then modified from the blue line after which boarded a prepare on the pink line. After travelling for fairly a distance and masking a number of stations, we once more modified the road to the inexperienced line to return to the place we had begun our journey. In comparison with the blue line, there gave the impression to be extra individuals on the Miyapur to LB Nagar Purple line. The inexperienced line, the shorted of the three traces additionally had only a few passengers at that time of time.
On the Irrum Manzil metro station, we paid a fast go to to the washroom to examine whether or not any particular preparations have been made put up COVID-19. Although there have been no sanitizers offered exterior the washroom, a little bit stroll away, close to the safety examine there was a sanitizer stand obtainable for the comfort of passengers.
The journey on all three corridors of the Hyderabad Metro was comfy and hassle-free because of the low footfall being witnessed presently and the sufficient security precautions being adhered to by the workers. Overflowing individuals and having to squeeze one’s means right into a metro bogie, to seek out some area between sweaty individuals holding onto the hanging hand straps inside metro trains appeared to have turn out to be a factor of the previous.
Whereas it’s excellent news that the metro has resumed its operations, with colleges closed and workplaces offering its workers a do business from home possibility, in accordance with specialists, it’ll take a very long time for the metro to get half the footfall from pre-COVID-19 occasions.
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