Commuters faced a difficult time on Friday when metro services between the cities of Delhi and NCR were cut in view of the second day of the “Delhi Chalo” farmers’ protest. While trains from Delhi were allowed to go to the cities of NCR, no trains from these cities were allowed to enter the national capital. A DMRC official said: “Regular services will be available on all lines on Saturday.”
With tension mounting on the Tikri border in West Delhi, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) completely closed its stations on the Green Line between Inderlok and Mundka. “The entry and exit gates of Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan and Ghevra stations on the Green Line are now closed,” DMRC tweeted on Friday morning.
But normal services resumed after 5.30pm in all corridors, including from NCR cities to Delhi.
On Thursday, Metro had reported that trains from NCR cities to Delhi will remain suspended on Friday. “As advised by the Delhi police, metro services will be available only from Delhi to NCR sections (on November 27). However, services from NCR stations to Delhi will not be available for security reasons until further notice, ”the DMRC statement read.
Ravi Kumar, a DU student who had to go to Noida for his SSC exam, tweeted to DMRC to allow students to use the Metro from NCR cities. “You are requested to allow entry of candidates who are going to take the exam in the NCR region … they have to return to their hometown, Delhi. Only those carrying a valid ID card or proof should be allowed into Delhi by NCR so that students do not suffer, ”Kumar tweeted.
Satendra Siwal, a metro user, also tweeted that a number of SSC applicants have test centers in Noida and will not be able to use the metro to return to Delhi.
Throughout the day, multiple Metro riders asked if NCR city rail services will be available on Saturday.
The following sections in the seven corridors were closed on Friday until 5.30 pm: Dilshad Garden to Major Mohit Sharma Rajender Nagar section on the Red Line; Sultanpur and Guru Dronacharya Stations on the Yellow Line; and the travelers from Noida and Vashali turned when the downtown section from Noida to New Ashok Nagar and from Vaishali to Anand Vihar were closed.
On the Inderlok to Mundka corridor (Green Line), services were not available between Tikri Kalan and Brig. Hoshiar Singh Station. Similarly, on the Violet Line, there was no train between the Badarpur border and the Mewala Maharajpur section. However, DMRC officials said there was a regular service available on the airport line and the other corridors. On the Magenta line, there was no service available from Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh to the Botanical Garden station.