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Covid case rise defers Kolkata Metro token return – Times of India


KOLKATA: Metro Railway has deferred its decision to issue tokens. Sources said the increase in the number of Covid cases has prompted the decision. For now, only smart-card users will continue to be allowed to board the trains. On Monday, the carrier had announced it would start issuing tokens from March 15. Since tokens would bring in more commuters, Metro increased services from 244 to 252 from Wednesday as well. Operation hours were also extended.
On Friday, a notice was issued to all station superintendents saying, “Selling of tokens has been postponed. Future course of action in this regard will be intimated later on.”
For more than a week, Bengal has been registering more than 200 cases every day. The sharpest spike was on last Saturday, with 259 new cases. Health experts said the trend is a matter of concern, especially apprehending spread of the new Covid strains. Some officials in Metro Railway admitted that with tokens, footfall would increase and maintaining distancing will become a challenge.
“People have started behaving as if Covid has gone and nobody is wearing masks. This will surely lead to a spike in cases,” said Hiralal Konar of Health Service Association.
Metro Railway had, from Wednesday, added more trains to daily operations. The first trains now leave Dakshineswar and Dum Dum stations at 6.50am instead of 7am. The last train from Dakshineswar leaves at 9.28pm instead of 9.18pm and leaves Dum Dum at 9.40pm instead of 9.30pm. The last train from Kavi Subhas leaves at 9.40pm instead of 9.30pm.
On Saturdays, there will be 232 services instead of 228 and Sundays will have 104 trains instead of 102.



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