May 1 – Update: Lockdown has been extended through May 18.
April 28 – Update: Construction work has resumed for metro projects in Mumbai, Kochi, Bengaluru and Pune with precautionary measures.
April 14 – Update: India’s PM today extended the lockdown to May 3 to contain the spread of COVID-19.
March 24 – Update: India’s Prime Minister just announced a complete lockdown that would last for a minimum of 21 days, until at least April 14, throughout India’s 36 states and union territories.
March 22 – Original Post:
India’s central government today decided to shut down all public transport services across the country until March 31, 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).
In addition, 75 districts with confirmed coronavirus cases across 22 states will be locked down with only essential services (grocery stores, banks/ATMs, hospitals etc.) allowed to remain open.
Several state governments and police departments (Delhi, Maharashtra for instance) have also announced the imposition of Section 144 of India’s criminal procedure code, which restricts the unlawful assembly of more than four people in an area.
I usually don’t cover operational / scheduling matters as the mainstream media is quite good at that, but these unprecedented measures required a special post.
With these restrictions in place, it’s fairly certain no high-level metro-related decisions will be taken, no tenders will be invited or opened, or construction work carried out.
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