Metro back to regular service from today
A day after the government lifted several curbs including the weekend curfew in the Capital, the Delhi Metro announced that its services will resume on weekends from Saturday. Metro officials said 100% seating is allowed in the trains though passengers will not be allowed to stand in the compartments while travelling.
Anuj Dayal, executive director, corporate communication, DMRC, said, “Metro services on weekends will be resumed as per routine weekend time table on all the Metro Lines starting January 29. However, minor change in services on Yellow Line (HUDA City Centre – Samaypur Badli) will be there owing to Beating Retreat Ceremony on Saturday.”
Due to the Beating Retreat ceremony, Metro services at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations of Yellow Line will not be available from 2pm to 6.30pm. But the interchange facility at the Central secretariat station will be allowed and normal service at all station will be restored after 6.30pm.
“...entry at stations will continue to remain regulated as per the ground situation to ensure compliance to Covid guidelines. We advise passengers to keep extra time for their commute and cooperate with the authorities,” said Dayal.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.