A number of bus stops and metro stations in Delhi witnessed lengthy queues right now, a day after officers introduced that public transport within the nationwide capital would with solely 50% capability.
The choice was taken amid a spike in Covid instances after the emergence of the brand new variant Omicron. Delhi Chief Minister on Tuesday declared a yellow alert underneath which faculties, schools, cinemas and gymnasiums can be closed.
The yellow alert additionally entails that buses and metro trains working within the nationwide capital run with 50% seating capability.
Commuters mentioned that they had been going through difficulties as a result of new norms. The ready time for passengers has elevated as a result of low seating capability.
“We’ve to go away our home 2 hours earlier than the scheduled time. Right here on the bus, they do not take passengers, however on the bus stand, the group is gathered. We’ve to face for hours due to which we’re late for our work,” a commuter advised ANI.
Long queues had been additionally witnessed at some metro stations within the Delhi-NCR area.
Just a few sections of individuals additionally supported the choice contemplating the rising variety of COVID-19 instances.
“As per the state of affairs step is nice however persons are going through an issue. All of the gates are closed and just one gate is open, which can result in gathering and finally instances will rise. Our bills are additionally rising. Authorities ought to take into consideration the commuters,” mentioned Anamika, a commuter.
On Tuesday, authorities introduced that Delhi Metro trains will run with solely 50% seating capability with no provision for standing for commuters.
“In view of the restrictions put in place to forestall the unfold of the Covid – 19 pandemic, entry via among the gates can be regulated. Passengers are subsequently requested to journey provided that completely important and preserve some further time for his or her journey,” the Delhi Metro Rail Company mentioned in a tweet.
Delhi reported 496 new COVID-19 instances on Tuesday, registering the very best single-day spike for the reason that final six months. Delhi additionally has the very best Omicron rely within the nation with 238 instances, adopted by Maharashtra with 167 instances.