Thiruvananthapuram: Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is all set to resume the metro train services from July 1st onwards with strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols. The metro services will resume after 53 days. “Initially, train services will resume from 08:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs with a headway of 10 mins during peak hours and 15 mins during non-peak hours,” Kochi Metro Rail Limited said.Also Read - As Cases Rise in Maharashtra, Health Minister Tope Makes This Statement Over Covid Fourth Wave Probability

Owing to the rising cases of Covid in the state, the Kerala government had announced a state-wide lockdown which culminated in the suspension of metro services as well. Also Read - Covid Update! Amid Soaring Cases and 4th Wave Fears, ICMR Makes This Big Statement

“We had been receiving regular enquiries regarding the resumption of services. Disruption of metro services during the lockdown had an unprecedented impact on the daily lives of its commuters. Resumption of services will bring a big relief to them,” said a spokesperson of Kochi Metro. Also Read - Karnataka Covid: No Need To Fear Or Have Panic Reactions, Says Top Bengaluru Doctor Amid 4th Wave Fears

KMRL has urged all passengers to strictly follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. All passengers should mandatorily wear face masks, should use sanitisers provided at the entrance of stations, and try to maximise use of Kochi1 smart card for contactless commuting, it said.

KMRL further added that all commuters should install the Arogya Setu app, carry minimum luggage to make the security checking process hassle-free. Passengers will be allowed to sit only in every alternate seat inside the trains, to ensure physical distancing.