Men `help` Delhi Metro earn Rs 5 lakh
The ladies compartment of Delhi Metro has not only made travelling easier for women in the national capital but has also added to the coffers of DMRC.
New Delhi: The ladies compartment of Delhi
Metro has not only made travelling easier for women in the
national capital but has also added to the coffers of DMRC.
Metro reserved the first coach of every train for
women from October 2 and since then there have been regular
incidents of men forcing their way into the special coaches
due to over-crowding in the other compartments.
"From October 2 last year till March 31, 2,506 people
have been punished for unlawful entry into the coach reserved
for women and penalty of over rupees five lakh has been generated
from them," DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.
He said, "We have found that compliance has improved
from the time we started the separate compartment. It
definitely has decreased."
DMRC has deployed six mobile checking squads to ensure
proper compliance and random checking and those who are found
flouting the rules will be penalised, he said.
Among the Metro stations where most of the cases of
violation have come up are Khan Market, Seelampur, Shastri
Park, GTB Nagar, Kashmiri Gate, Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazar,
Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Malviya Nagar, Hauz Khas,
Mandi House, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Nehru Place,
Jangpura, Yamuna Bank and Okhla.
On November 26, some men who forcefully entered a
reserved coach were thrashed and made to do sit-ups in
Rohit Katiyar, the spokesman of CISF, which is
responsible for security of the metro said, "We have bunch
denomination groups, comprising of women along with
anti-sabotage personnel. They randomly travel in the metro and
fine people who break rules blatantly."
The decision to impose the fine has been welcomed by
the fairer sex, who regularly use Metro.
"I have many times seen men barge into the
compartment. Once a man picked up an argument with us in the
reserved coach and was caught by the mobile squad at the Rajiv
Chowk Metro station and penalised," 25-year-old Rohini said.
For Suhana, a BSc student from Ramjas, an encounter
with a violator is something she will never forget.
"A man started misbehaving when I asked him to leave
the compartment. But thankfully at the next station itself,
the police came to my rescue and fined him," she said.