Delhi Metro resumes services on Delhi to NCR routes, reverse route yet to reopen
Metro trains services from Delhi to the National Capital Region (NCR), which were suspended till 2pm on Thursday in wake of the ‘Dill Chalo’ farmers’ rally against the new farm laws, have resumed, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said. Services on the reverse route from NCR toward Delhi are yet to resume.
DMRC, in a tweet on Thursday, said that the services were suspended at the request of the police to avoid overcrowding. Delhi Police had said on Wednesday that it had rejected requests received from various farmer organisations to protest in the Capital the new farm laws on November 26 and 27.
Metro trains did not ply on routes to Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad and Ghaziabad, ie between Delhi and NCR stations on seven corridors. No Metro services were available from Anand Vihar to Vaishali and New Ashok Nagar to Noida City Centre sections during the period. Services between Sultanpur and Guru Dronacharya Metro stations were also suspended. However, regular services remained available on the entire section of Airport and Rapid Metro Lines.
Security at the Delhi-Haryana border was heightened to bar protesters from entering Delhi. Haryana sealed its border with Punjab as farmers from the adjoining state started assembling in big numbers as part of the Delhi Chalo march.
The farmers were originally supposed to enter via five routes. However, on being stopped in Karnal, Punjab’s farmer unions changed their strategy of taking only the highways to Delhi. Members of the Kirti Kisan Union, BKU Kadian and Rajewal factions plan to assemble at Mastuana Sahib in Sangrur and head towards the Shambhu border.