Similar to flights and long-distance trains the place one can board provided that there are seats out there, Kolkata Metro passengers might must e book e-passes, hours earlier than they need to take a journey. The passenger can be allowed to board provided that there may be sufficient area after sustaining social distance. Else he has to go for one other prepare at a special time.
With the West Bengal authorities apprehending that it could possibly be tough to deal with the group throughout rush hours, the authorities have proposed to situation e-passes to passengers to keep up social distance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The state authorities has proposed creating a system to situation e-passes for coming into the metro station. They’ve sought sure info from the Metro on this regard,” a Kolkata Metro spokesperson stated.
A senior official of the state authorities stated that the concept is that, a passenger must apply for an e-pass via an app, hours earlier than he desires to take a journey. If there may be sufficient area within the prepare, after sustaining social distance amongst passengers, an e-pass can be generated. Safety personnel would verify the e-pass earlier than letting him contained in the station. Solely good card holders can be allowed.
“For that, a passenger must point out his most popular journey time, identify of the stations and his good card quantity throughout reserving on the app. Solely a particular variety of passengers will likely be allowed on the prepare. If there isn’t a area, the passenger can be requested to provide one other time choice,” stated the official.
Kolkata Metro, the primary metro in India, is the lifeline of town and in keeping with metro authorities round 6 lakh-6.5 lakh individuals take the metro on every week day. Out of this, round half of the commuters use good playing cards. Every prepare can be allowed to hold on the most 400– 500 passengers to keep up social distance.
“It was earlier determined that passengers with solely good playing cards can be allowed and tokens can be discontinued. However even with good playing cards we might face downside as lakhs of passengers use good playing cards. Therefore the concept of an e-pass was floated,” stated a state authorities official.
The state house secretary had written to the railway board chairman on August 28 that the West Bengal authorities has no points if native trains and metro companies had been resumed.
Though it has been proposed to function the metro from mid-September, officers stated that chief minister Mamata Banerjee has requested to renew companies from September 13 because the Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Check is scheduled on that day.
Metro authorities stated that two extra rounds of debate can be held with the state authorities earlier than issues are finalised and the plan is rolled out for commuters.