The Kolkata Metro’s wheels rolled back with passengers on Sunday after almost six months, with special services for NEET test subjects and their guardians.
Regular passenger traffic will begin on Monday with social distancing and other safety protocols in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Metro official said.
NEET aspirants, many accompanied by their legal guardians, were queuing outside subway stations to reach their investigation centers just before 10 a.m. when the first trains ran at both ends of the north-south line – Noapara and Kavi Subhash.
The examinees and their legal guardians were allowed to enter the train stations after showing the tickets to the police officers posted at the entrance gates.
Candidates and their guardians underwent thermal screening and their hands sanitized before buying paper tickets at the counters.
The special services will continue at intervals of 15 minutes to 7 p.m., officials said.
Regular passenger traffic on the north-south and east-west lines begins on Monday.
Officials said 110 trains will run on the north-south line every day, except on Sundays, when services are closed for disinfection of rakes and stations.
The east-west subway will also resume traffic between Sector V and Yuva Bharati Krirangan stations with 36 trains in each direction from September 14.