News Ankara "Which public transportation vehicle do you prefer more during the pandemic period?" With the questionnaire, he reached the conclusion that Ankara residents mostly prefer the 'subway'. According to the results of the survey, Serdar Yeşilyurt, Head of Transportation Planning and Rail System Department of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, answered whether the metro is safe during the pandemic period.
All experienced in the world Covidien-19 pandemic struck the most new cases in Ankara, Turkey. The fact that the pandemic is still not over and people have to continue their daily lives also brings with it many problems and fear. In Ankara, which has the highest number of cases in coronavirus, the citizen continues to use public transportation. News Ankara's survey of social media concluded that Ankara residents prefer metro transportation the most. However, how safe the metro is during the pandemic process has left a question mark in mind. Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Planning and Rail System Department Head Serdar Yesilyurt, who said that many measures were taken as Ankara Metropolitan Municipality during the pandemic period, said, “In order to successfully continue the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak in all areas of the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Transportation Planning and Railways under the leadership of our General Directorate under the coordination of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality. Various measures have been taken in Ankara Metro, Ankaray and Teleferik Facilities by our System Department and it continues to be taken in parallel with the decisions of the Ankara Governorship Provincial General Hygiene Board ”.
'DISINFECTION IS DONE WHEN THE TRAINS EMPTY'
Explaining the decisions and measures taken by the Metropolitan Municipality, Yeşilyurt said, "Our Presidency performs disinfection operations in 500 stations 57 warehouse areas under the Rail Systems Department with 3 personnel in order to prevent the epidemic, as well as disinfection operations at the end stations during the operation of the trains when the trains are empty."
Yeşilyurt added that with the disinfectants placed at the station entrances, the incoming passengers were provided with the opportunity of disinfection after the turnstile passes, “Surgical masks are distributed to the passengers without masks. In Ankaray and metro stations, announcements are made continuously to maintain the social distance, and along with this, advertisements and stickers were placed inside the stations and trains to protect the social distance, ”he said.
'AIR CONDITIONING WITH FRESH AIR FROM OUTSIDE'
Underlining that air conditioners work with fresh air taken from outside in Ankara Metro, Yeşilyurt said, “The technical regulation made in Ankara Metro wagons taking into account the issues stated in the“ Covid-17 Outbreak Management and Working Guide ”published on 2020 July 19 by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Ministry of Health. As a result, after July 27, 2020, all air conditioners started to operate with fresh air taken from outside, ”he said.
'ANKARAY SEAT SYSTEM HAS CHANGED'
Stating that all of Ankaray seat systems have changed, Yeşilyurt said, “The seating system of our Ankaray facility facing each other has been arranged so that all seats are facing the corridor, and all seats have been accepted. In addition, visors were distributed to all personnel who could have face-to-face contact with the passengers ”.
'WARNING FOR THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ON STAND'
In accordance with the decision of the Ankara Governorship Provincial General Hygiene Board, Yeşilyurt stated that the information plates indicating the number of passengers reduced by 50 percent will be placed on the transportation vehicles in the near future and said, “Purchase work has been done for the stickers showing the places where the passengers will stop in accordance with the capacity and will be pasted on their places as soon as possible. We continue to work to make our rail systems suitable for passenger health. However, I would like to remind you that the best protection will still be provided by self-protection, MMT, mask, distance and cleaning ”.
Source: Gonca ÖZTÜRK / Haberankar to