New Delhi: The rise in coronavirus cases in Delhi has already raised alarm bells. The national capital saw 3,594 new cases and 14 new deaths were reported. With this, the positivity rate in the national capital increased to 4.11 per cent.
Amid a surge in cases, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has intensified its safety protocols. The travellers found violating Covid-19 protocols have been fined. Last month, 7,058 fines were issued by the DMRC'S flying squad. With this, this was the highest ever fines collected since the metro services resumed after the coronavirus outbreak. Half of the fines were issued within one week time.
Flying squads fined 150-200 travellers daily
Over 150-200 travellers a day have been fined by the flying squads who were not following COVID appropriate behaviour like wearing masks or following social distancing norms inside and outside stations.
As per the Times of India report, DMRC figures show that with the surge in cases, the number of challans issued also went up. On March 23, 234 people were fined and 318 and 527 on March 24 and 25 respectively.
Till March-end, the challan figured touched 600-mark daily except on March 28 and March 29. Till March 24, 3,373 violators had been fined and 3,685 in the next seven days.
Social distancing norms o be followed
In view of the fourth wave in the national capital, people are asked to adhere to strict COVID-19 norms. Passengers are asked to take 15-20 minutes in hand in order to save time at the station.
Passengers are also asked to queue on the yellow circle in the stations to maintain proper distance. Also, DMRC has warned that if such rules are not adhered to, entry gates at these stations will be closed till distancing is ensured.
It is mandatory for travellers to wear a mask, undergo thermal screening at the station and follow social distancing norms. However, many people lowered the guards and started violating the norms which led to the deployment of flying squads.