CISF mulls making Aarogya Setu app mandatory for travel by Delhi Metro, airport after lockdown
Aarogya Setu app, with inbuilt e-pass feature, could be used for identification of suspected Covid-19 cases once Delhi Metro and airports start operations after the lockdown ends.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has formulated a standard operating procedure (SOP) for deployment of its troops at airports and the Delhi Metro once operations resume after the lockdown ends.
Director General of CISF Rajesh Ranjan said, "The protocol has been developed to maintain speed, security and stability of both passengers and our personnel."
The CISF will be soon submitting this SOP before the Union Home Ministry. Other stakeholders in this include the Urban Development Ministry and the Delhi Metro. In regards to the airports, the SOP has been shared with the Civil Aviation Ministry and BCAS.
Speaking to India Today TV, a senior CISF official confirmed that there is a proposal of making use of Aarogya Setu app mandatory for all commuters.
"Aarogya Setu app, with inbuilt e-pass feature, could be used for identification of suspected Covid-19 cases. People with high risks of spreading and contracting the infection should be discouraged from using the Delhi Metro," the CISF official said.
In order to maintain social distancing post the lockdown, only 25 people will be allowed to travel in a coach.
"We cannot allow overcrowding in coaches," the official said.
The CISF has 12,000 personnel who man the Delhi Metro and nearly 30,000 CISF personnel are deployed at 63 airports across the country.
"We will ask our staff to sanitise themselves every two hours and all people entering airport/Delhi Metro premises will be asked to mandatorily wear face masks. Hand sanitisation or washing facility will also be made available. This will include appropriate social distancing measures, sanitisation of gadgets and equipment, use of face masks, hand gloves, sanitisers and PPEs, wherever necessary, to safeguard and protect our personnel who are likely to be in close contact with large number of commuters," the official said.
The CISF is also taking stock of the quantity of face mask, hand gloves, alcohol based sanitisers, PPEs so that it has sufficient supplies for the next three months.