“In view of the curfew imposed by the government for the coming weekend for containing Covid-19, Metro services will be available with a headway of 15 minutes across the whole network on the weekend i.e. on April 17 and 18,” said Anuj Dayal, executive director of corporate communications at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
On Blue Line, however, trains will be available at a frequency of 30 minutes from Yamuna Bank station till Noida Electronic City and Vaishali, and vice-versa. The same rule will be applicable on the Kirti Nagar/Inderlok stretch of Green Line.
While Metro trains are available at a frequency of 2 minutes and 44 seconds during peak rush hours on weekdays on busy corridors like Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli-HUDA City Centre), the usual frequency is 2 minutes 58 seconds on weekends. The maximum gap between train services ranges between 16 and 18 minutes on some sections.
A spokesperson of Delhi Transport Corporation said it would operate its buses as per the usual weekend schedule. It is expected that Cluster Scheme buses will also be available as per its usual schedule.
Public transport such as Delhi Metro, public buses, autorickshaws and taxis have been allowed to function during the weekend curfew, but only for transportation of those in the exempted categories and following Covid-safety protocols.
DMRC said entry to the Metro from 10pm on Friday to 5am on Monday would be allowed only to those passengers falling in the essential category as per the government order, after verification of their valid IDs by DMRC or Central Industrial Security Force personnel. Similarly, valid IDs or e-passes of those travelling by buses will be checked by bus marshals or conductors before they are allowed to board a vehicle.