Over 130 passengers were fined by the Delhi Metro authorities on Tuesday for not wearing a face mask inside trains, said officials. Seventy passengers were also asked to debark from trains for travelling while standing, they said.
In view of the improved COVID-19 situation in the national capital, the Delhi Metro resumed services after four weeks on Monday. Trains are operating at 50 per cent seating capacity and passengers are not allowed to travel while standing.
According to a senior DMRC official, the line utilisations performed till about 8 PM on Tuesday was around 5.22 lakh, adding that this was in view of the drastically reduced capacity. Line utilisation or journey is calculated by the number of corridors passengers use to reach the destinations. “To ensure compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour inside metro premises, around 14 metro stations were closed briefly during morning and evening peak hours today,” the official said.
The DMRC official said that, 136 passengers were fined for not wearing masks during random checks inside trains by flying squads and 70 passengers were asked to disembark for travelling while standing.
India reported 92,596 new cases COVID-19 cases and 2,219 new deaths today. The country has so far reported a total of 2,90,89, 069 cases and 3,53,528 deaths.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has reached close to 23.88 Cr (23,88,40,635) as per the 7 pm provisional report today.
13,32,471 beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years received their first dose and 76,723 beneficiaries of the same age group received their second dose of COVID vaccine today. Cumulatively, 3,17,37,869 persons across 37 States/UTs have received their first dose and total 3,16,134 have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.
Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have administered more than 10 lakh beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years for the first dose of COVID vaccine.