The G20 Summit, a gathering of leaders from 40 countries, is set to take place in New Delhi from September 9 to 10. As preparations for this significant event intensify, the Delhi Metro has taken proactive steps to ensure the safety and security of attendees and the general public. These measures include the temporary closure of certain metro station gates and the introduction of special tourist smart cards to manage increased passenger footfall during the summit.
Enhancing Security Measures
The security arrangements for the G20 Summit are of paramount importance. To maintain foolproof security, the Delhi Police metro unit has worked closely with the Chief Security Commissioner to implement specific measures. These measures involve closing select metro station gates that open toward the VVIP route and the venue of the summit from September 8 to 10.
In a letter, DCP Metro G. Ram Gopal Naik outlined the stations and gates affected by these security measures. Several stations have been designated as ‘sensitive,’ including Supreme Court, Janpath, Bhikaji Cama Place, Khan Market, and Dhaula Kuan.
The letter specifies station-specific closures and gate restrictions. For instance, all gates of the Supreme Court metro station will be closed during the specified period. Khan Market will have gate numbers 1, 2, and 3 closed, with gate number 4 remaining open for entry and exit. Kailash Colony station will close gate number 2, and all gates of Lajpat Nagar metro station except gate number 5 will be closed.
Streamlining Entry and Exit
Janpath station, marked as sensitive, will have only gate number 2 operational. Bhikaji Cama Place, another sensitive station, will close all its gates during the specified period. However, several stations, including Aero City, Dhaula Kuan, South Campus, Dwarka Sec-21, Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, Greater Kailash, Nehru Enclave, Kalkaji Mandir, Rajiv Chowk, Chawri Bazar, and Chandni Chowk, will not face entry and exit restrictions.
Tourist Smart Cards
In anticipation of increased passenger footfall during the G20 Summit, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has introduced dedicated counters at 36 metro stations to sell ‘Tourist smart cards’ from September 4 to 13. These cards are available on regular days but are being made more accessible to accommodate the needs of summit attendees and tourists.