Metro Railway general director Manoj Joshi told TOI:”I had been feeling bad when I learnt that many senior citizens needed to return without needing a ride on Monday. The five-hour window will come useful. It is suitable for us, also, as there’s not any peak-hour hurry.
“It is not like we’re advocating the elderly to breathe. According to Covid-19 protocols, Metro Railway does counsel senior citizens and kids against traveling. But one has to admit that some older men and women must venture out to attend medical or other crises. We wish to adapt them at the Metro, and it will be a safer way of transportation.”
Until 4pm on Tuesday, 17,000 chose a ride. From the time the last train left at 7pm, the figure went around 27,199. Until 7pm, 57,000 e-passes were downloaded. Even as approximately 4,000 longer e-passes were issued Tuesday, the gap between downloaded moves and real ridership had decreased a bit. On Monday, against the 53,000 downloaded moves, just 20,900 rode the Metro.
“The fascination concerning this new standard of obtaining the Metro throughout the electronic boarding pass will slowly wear off. There’ll be practice-downloading and just purposeful bookings will be performed,” said Joshi.
Sanjoy Chatterjee, whom the state government has made to create the Pathadisha Metro e-pass, echoed:”The difference between casual downloads and real rides will decrease further during the upcoming few days. We’re also making provisions for more moves for channels with greater requirements so that real commuters can avail of these free slots”
On Tuesday, channels between Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (Tollygunge) and Rabindra Sarobar were booked to capacity during peak hours and there weren’t any empty slots until 11. 30am. Slots for journeys to and from Kalighat also revealed filled-in the afternoon. The QR-code established passes have to be reserved in advance to get the 24 channels along the north-south line. One does not want them for East-West Metro, that can be a 5km raised elongate in Salt Lake.
On Tuesday, even as the Metro Railway telling was issued to state”senior citizens… could be permitted entrance to channels on the grounds of both Aadhaar card, PAN card, voter identification card, passport, driving license whereby age could be determined”, some older commuters were permitted to walk and swipe their smartcards even when they did not take any of the above mentioned documents.
“In their looks, it was evident that those folks were aged considerably greater than 60 years. We let them come in,” a channel superintendent said.