Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail is all set to re-open as per the central government's Unlock 4.0 directions on September 7th.

On Thursday, September 3, the HMRL announced that it would be opening up its three corridors in three phases.

From September 7th, the first corridor that runs from Miyapur to LB Nagar would commence operations. It will be open for the public from 7 am to 12 noon, and 4 pm to 9 pm.

From September 8th, the second corridor- Nagole to Raidurg, would be operational during similar timings.

On September 9th, the corridor between JBS and Falaknuma will start operating. All metro corridors will be operating from 7 am to 9 pm from the said date.

The HMRL further said that trains will not stop at stations in containment zones, which include- Gandhi Hospital, Bharat Nagar, Moosapet, Musheerabad & Yusufguda.

Managing Director KVM Reddy conducted a review meeting today and decided upon the preventive measures that would be followed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The frequency of the trains would be approximately five minutes and will be improved based on passenger traffic.

To ensure social distancing inside trains, alternate seats would be marked with signals for people to not sit too close to each other. CCTV cameras will be used to check if travelers are maintaining social distancing.

Wearing masks would be mandatory and fines would be imposed in cases of violations and only asymptomatic persons will be allowed to travel after thermal screening at entry into the stations.

Pedal type sanitizers will be kept at entry into the stations for use by passengers, and metro staff would be provided with all safety gear.

Smart Card and Mobile QR ticket with cashless/online transactions will be encouraged

Priyali Dhingra

Priyali Dhingra is a post graduate in Communication Studies from Hyderabad Central University. She has previously worked as a photojournalist, editorial, and graphic design intern in The Indian Express, Newslaundry, and NDTV. Reigning from Delhi, she has an avid interest in photojournalism, and all things visual. She has also represented India as a delegate in the JENESYS 2019 Student Exchange Program with the Government of Japan. Having pursued her graduation in history from Delhi University, she was also a part of her college's theatre society. Her primary interests include: photography, poetry & politics.

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