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Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced the resumption of metro services as the COVID-19 situation improved. He hoped the centre would soon take a decision on this matter.
Metro trains, one of the most used commuting services by Delhites are soon going to be on track reducing the burden on many of the travelers.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the metro services will be opened on a trial basis in the near future and expressed his hope that the central government would soon take a decision on this matter.
The Chief Minister said that the issue has been taken to the centre many times and hopefully the central government will give its decision on this very soon.
He said that he requested the centre to treat Delhi differently as the coronavirus situation has been improving the Union Territory.
Arvind Kejriwal added that though the metros cannot be resumed in other states, they must be allowed to operate in Delhi in a phased manner on trial basis.
The Chief Minister has also spoken about beautifying Delhi with the Chandichowk redevelopment project and said that the markets and roads would be beautified after this project completes.
Traders and businesspersons from different parts of the city and automotive parts dealers, traders from the construction sector, garments, textiles, event management, and others have shared their problems and extended their suggestions to the Chief Minister during the virtual meeting.
Kejriwal said that their problems have been noted and their suggestions would be considered for the necessary action.
The Chief Minister also highlighted various steps taken by his government to revive the pandemic-hit city of Delhi and said that he would make some big announcements about the industry sector in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Delhi has recorded the highest single-day spike in the number of coronavirus cases in August with 1450 fresh cases recorded in 24 hours span. The total COVID-19 tally in the Union Territory has climbed to over 1.61 lakh and with the 16 new fatalities recorded, the death count in the UT reached 4300.
While the total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi stood at 161,466, the number of positive cases in the city stood at 11,778 as of Sunday, August 23. So far, 145,388 patients have been recovered from the virus and discharged.
The number of COVID-19 containment zones in the Union Territory of Delhi is 627.
By Gayatri Yellayi