Commuters allowed to use 5 of closed Metro stations
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The Delhi Police relaxed its restriction over Metro stations, allowing commuters the use of five of the 10 stations that were closed since Saturday morning.
After 1 pm, police allowed the opening of Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk and Patel Chowk. These stations had been closed since 7.40 am on Saturday, with police fearing violent protests following the death of the 23-year-old gangrape victim.
Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Jor Bagh and Khan Market will stay closed, till further orders from the police, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said.
However, interchange facility will be available at Central Secretariat station, DMRC officials said.
The decision to close down the Metro stations was taken by the Delhi Police to ensure that protesters do not reach India Gate. They also cordoned off the entire India Gate area.
The DMRC also announced that three Metro station will close early on Monday in view of New Year celebrations. Rajiv Chowk, Barakhamba Road and Patel Chowk station will close at 7.30 in the evening on New Year's Eve. The sale of ticket at these stations will stop at 7.15 pm.
However, interchange facility between Line 2 (HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri) and Line 3 & 4 (Dwarka Sector-21 to Noida City Centre & Vaishali) will remain operational at Rajiv Chowk Metro station till 11 pm.
Services at all other Metro corridors and stations will continue as normal, DMRC said.
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