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Trial run on Magenta Line held for media

A trial run for the media was held on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line on Friday, after a driverless train rammed through a wall during the trial run three days ago. The corridor, which will reduce travel time between south Delhi and Noida to 19 minutes, will be using the Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC) for the first time, and will be thrown open to public at 5 pm on Monday, after inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The 12.6 km line between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir, with nine stations en route, is being touted as an engineering marvel by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Among the many firsts are glass gates and screen doors at all nine platforms, a feature used only on the Airport Line till now.The Magenta Line, which will run through stations such as Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kalindi Kunj, Jasola Vihar, and Kalkaji Mandir, will also be the first ever interchange station in the National Capital Region outside Delhi. Trains chugging on the route will have backrests for those standing, with colourful seats adding to the decor. A departure from the drab grey in all trains, women’s coach on the Magenta Line trains will be bright pink while seats in general coaches will be painted orange and blue. Red is the colour for reserved seats in general coaches.Trains will run at a frequency of 5 minutes and 14 seconds. A total of 10 trains will be pressed into service and two more trains (one each at Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden) will be kept on standby for peak hours’ traffic. One of the engineering challenges that the DMRC handled was the tunnel work between Kalkaji Mandir and Okhla NSIC, using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) .The tunnel between Kalkaji Mandir and NSIC Okhla passes below piers 135 and 136 of the Violet Line and the distance between the two piers is 28 metres, making it difficult to construct twin tunnels within such a short space. Hence, the DMRC decided to construct a single tube twin tunnel through which both tracks could pass using the NATM technology.MORE ON MAGENTAThe corridor will use the Communication based Train Control System for the first time. The line will reduce travel time between south Delhi and Noida to 19 minutes. It will open to public from 5 pm on Monday. It is a 12.6 km line between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir.

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Metro’s technical audit is good news for Blue Line

The technical audit of Delhi Metro has spelt good news for Blue Line which sees maximum commuter traffic amongst all the other lines. Technical glitches in its Over Head wire (OHE) will not affect running of trains on this line as the Delhi Metro has invited tenders to install equipment to prevent break down of trains in case over head wire gives way.The installation will incur of a cost of around Rs three crore, with the DMRC looking forward to participation from countries other than India as well since the tenders are being invited on international platform. In the past one year, Blue Line which carries more than seven lakh commuters every day between Dwarka to Noida City and Vaishali in Ghaziabad, suffered technical break downs at least four times. Since most part of the 51 kilometre line is elevated, its OHE experiences glitches often. On September 20, services were affected for more than an hour when contact wire between Dwarka and Dwarka Mor broke down. The incident took place during evening peak hours, adding to woes of passengers,The snag prone Blue Line broke down again exactly a month later on October 21 when a pantograph of a train got entangled in the OHE between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram section on down line (from Dwarka towards Noida).Metro stations witnessed complete chaos since passenger rush was at its peak because of festival of Bhai Duj and the services remained either suspended or ran on single line for as much as 45 minutes.In June this year too, trains did not run for three hours when an OHE between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank snapped after being hit by a bird.The Blue Line ferries maximum passengers.

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Metro suspends 4 officials for train crash during trial run

A day after an empty Delhi Metro train rammed into the boundary wall at Kalindi Kunj depot during its trial because of the negligence of staff, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Wednesday suspended four officials for the accident.The officials suspended include the deputy general manager, who was the depot in-charge, an assistant manager looking after activity in the depot, a junior engineer and an assistant section engineer managing the train operation.According to the DMRC officials, based on the findings of the committee constituted by the authorities for a high-level enquiry into the accident, the action was taken.”The staff at the depot did not check the systems manually, which is the basic protocol, which led to the accident,” informed officials.Also, DMRC officials maintained that such an incident cannot happen while the train is in operation, as there are signals on the Metro Line while in the depot the train is managed manually.The incident occurred at 3.40 pm on Tuesday, as the train was moved from the workshop after the trial without testing the brakes while moving up the ramp for washing. As a result, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall.As per the procedure, when a train enters the workshop, the brakes of the train are decommissioned so that the train and its systems, including the brakes, can be freely checked. Once the train is again re-commissioned, the brakes should have been tested by the maintenance staff in the depot before the train left the shed.

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DMRC suspends four officials including depot in-charge for crash

The Delhi Metro today suspended four officials, including the in-charge of the Kalindi Kunj depot, where an empty train crashed into a wall yesterday while being taken for washing.Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh approved the orders of suspension based on an inquiry done by a team of three Executive Director-rank officials, DMRC chief spokesperson Anuj Dayal said. The four officials include one deputy general manager who was the depot incharge, one assistant manager, a junior engineer and an assistant section engineer, Dayal said. “The incident report of the inquiry revealed that this incident was solely attributable to human failure as proper procedures were not followed,” Dayal said.The brake of the train, which will run on the Botanical Garden-Kalkaji Mandir section to be launched on December 25 by the prime minister, was not functional when it was being taken for washing, the DMRC said. It was because, as per DMRC’s laid down norms, when a train enters a workshop (depot), the brakes of the train are decommissioned so that the train and its systems including the brakes can be freely checked. “As a result, as soon as the operator brought the train at the ramp, it started rolling back, got derailed and hit the wall,” Dayal said.Also readDelhi Metro: Magenta Line driverless train crashes into boundary wall during trial runHe also stressed that the train, which can be enabled to run unattended or ‘driverless’, was not actually without a driver when the incident happened as a person was very much on board. Trains on the new 12.38-km-long section, part of metro’s upcoming Magenta Line, will initially operate with a driver with a high level of automation including platform screen doors, he said.

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PM Modi to launch Magenta line section on Dec 25

The Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden line of the Delhi Metro, which will reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, the DMRC said on Monday.The 12.64 km section, part of metro’s upcoming Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West (Magenta) Line, was granted safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) last month.Metro’s new generation trains, which can run without drivers, will run on this section where an advanced Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling technology that will facilitate the movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds will also be pressed into service.However, for an initial period of two-three years, the trains will have drivers. Currently, for travelling to South Delhi areas, commuters from Noida have to change trains — from Blue Line to Violet Line- at Mandi House Metro Station.After this new section of the Delhi Metro is opened, commuters will be able to travel directly to Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station, which is on the Violet Line, cutting the travel time by about 45 minutes.Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 km) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurgaon by changing trains at Hauz Khas station.The Botanical Garden has been developed as the metro’s first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi.

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Mumbai Metro routes going through airports will not allow heavy luggage

There are three Mumbai Metro corridors – either planned or under construction in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region – that connect the domestic and international airports in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. However, none of these routes will allow flyers to carry heavy luggage in trains – a move that may prompt flyers to rely on other modes of transport.Currently, three Metro corridors are planned in MMR to connect both the domestic and international airport in Mumbai and the proposed international airport in Navi Mumbai.The three Metro corridors include Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor, Dahisar East- Andheri East Metro-7 corridor extension up to airport and the Mumbai airport to Navi Mumbai airport of which work on Metro-3 and Metro-7 is ongoing and for airport Metro report is prepared.A official from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), assisting the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), in executing Metro-7 and Mumbai airport to Navi Mumbai airport Metro, said, “The Metro-7 and Mumbai- Navi Mumbai airport are being constructed keeping in mind the connectivity for city commuters as their ridership is far more than that of commuters going to airport. Both these corridors are not dedicated airport Metro corridors.”The DMRC official, added, “Particularly in case of Mumbai-Navi Mumbai airport, the Metro goes via areas like Mankhurd, Chembur, Vashi and the number of commuters using Metro without wanting to connect the airport are more than those looking to go from one airport to another. There are fewer commuters wanting to go from one airport to another airport. Furthermore, airlines have their connecting flights, accordingly.”In case of Metro-7, it passes via the core residential area of western suburbs and it is mainly being extended up to airport for connecting with Metro-3 from where commuters can go up to Colaba and further towards south Mumbai, said DMRC officials.MMRC, executing the Metro-3 in the past has said it won’t allow heavy luggage as the route is not a dedicated airport Metro route unlike New Delhi’s Airport Express.
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Delhi High Court: We can’t intervene on Metro fare hike issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming it a policy decision and beyond their jurisdiction, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with the latest fare hike by Delhi Metro.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar stated that it was “not inclined”to step into the decision taken by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, it being a policy decision. “Neither do we have any jurisdiction to go into it,” the bench said, noting that the petitioner did not first approach the authorities with his representation.Amer Vaid, a second year law student, sought the quashing of recommendations by the fourth Fare Fixation Committee that gave a go ahead to revise metro fares by 100 per cent.The petition said that the increased fares were in contravention to the previous norms of the FFC, wherein, the distance zone was reduced from 15 to six kilometers, leaving citizens of the national capital region in a “detrimental situation”. It also contented that the new fare slab meant passengers travelling distances differing by nine kilometers, were made to pay the same amount, which was “unfair and unjust”.The bench, however, questioned why the DMRC could not charge the fare they desire. It also directed the petitioner to take up his representation with the DMRC, which would take a call on it and communicate to him immediately.According to the new fares, the cost of travelling upto 2 km was Rs 10, 2 to 5 km — Rs 20, 5 to 12 km — Rs 30, 12 to 21 km — Rs 40, 21 to 32 km — Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km — Rs 60.Smart card users, who, according to the DMRC’s estimates, happen to be 70 per cent of the metro’s total ridership, would continue to get 10 per cent discount on each ride coupled with an additional discount of 10 per cent while travelling during off-peak hours. That is from the beginning of services till 8 am, between 12 pm and 5 pm and from 9 pm to the end of the services.The DMRC invited a lot of criticism for revising Metro fares for second time in less than six months. This also led to the Delhi government mounting pressure on the body to roll it back, even seeking Centre’s intervention in to the matter. The Metro, however, refused to stall the new fares.NEW FARESCost of travelling up to: 2 km — Rs 102 to 5 km — Rs 205 to 12 km — Rs 302 to 21 km — Rs 4021 to 32 km — Rs 50journeys beyond 32 km — Rs 60.Smart card holders to get extra 10% discount during off-peak hours

DMRC to revamp 15 metro stations to combat rush

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 15 metro stations will soon be remodelled by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to combat the rising rush of commuters by each passing day. Based on different surveys done by the DMRC over the years, the strategic planning includes a slew of measures like shifting of ticket counters to constructing ramps and stairways.The Metro, which is a lifeline for the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), is used by around 28 lakh passengers every day. The stations are being worked upon depending on the number of commuters that each of them experiences during the day.The DMRC has been conducting regular studies on travellers’ rush to further their development model to ease pressure on the facility and make travelling more convenient for people.The metro stations that would undergo changes include Rithala, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka Sector 21, Dilshad Garden, Kashmere Gate, Pragati Maidan. Dilshad Garden, Jahangirpuri, Noida City Centre, Noida Sector 16, Sikanderpur, Tilak Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh, Hauz Khas, GTB Nagar among others. Similar work is already being done in 17 stations while the DMRC redeveloped five stations — Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi, Vaishali, Huda City Centre and Chandni Chowk in the recent past.According to a senior DMRC official, the security checkpoint in Laxmi Nagar will soon be shifted since the station witnesses a heavy rush of commuters every day.The official further shared that the security check and the ticket counter in Vaishali metro station were on the first floor which led to long queues during peak hours. Hence, they started selling tickets at the ground floor, while the security remained on the concourse. The metro which chugs on a system as long as 213 kilometres, recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.METRO MENACEDelhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called it a “conspiracy” to help radio cabs like Ola and Uber do business even as the common man suffered because of the fare hike. The metro recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.

Officials get dos and don’ts list for attending board meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A list of dos and don’ts has been issued by Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot to the officers of his departments for attending board meetings, corporations, societies, statutory and non-statutory or private bodies to which they have been nominated.Gahlot, who holds the charge of law, transport, revenue, administrative reforms and IT in the Delhi government, has directed the officers to seek government’s view from him on each agenda point of such bodies’ meetings before attending them. He has also issued a standing order that if the official nominee cannot attend a meeting, he or she will seek approval from the minister-in-charge for the same.”Before the meeting, (officers will) seek on each agenda point, the view of the government of NCT of Delhi from the respective minister-in-charge. If the official nominee is not in a position to attend any meeting, he/she shall seek approval from minister-in-charge for the same,” the order stated.Further, he added, that after returning from those meetings, the official nominee would submit a written report to the minister-in-charge on the proceedings within two days. Gahlot said that this order, which has been issued under Rule 15 of Transaction of Business Rules, has to be complied with strictly.The order came just before the hike in Delhi metro fare on October 10. Following the fare hike, the AAP government accused Chief Secretary M M Kutty, who is also the government’s nominee in the DMRC’s board, of trying to “sabotage” its stand against the controversial fare revision.

Commuters stranded due to snag on Metro’s Blue Line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Metro’s Blue Line —Dwarka to Noida City Centre — became a nightmare for commuters on Saturday, when the services remained affected for over 40 minutes due to a technical glitch. The snag occurred at the time when the stations were witnessing a festive rush on the occasion of Bhai Dooj.The technical snag occurred at 9.20 am, at a time when metro stations usually witness heavy footfall.Afterwards, train services were suspended with commuters complaining that no prior announcement was made about it.”There was a massive crowd at the Rajiv Chowk metro station, which created a stampede-like situation. Entry to the stations was stopped and those inside were not allowed to go out,” said Sanjay Tyagi, a commuter.Commuters also faced hardship at other busy metro stations, including Yamuna Bank, Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Noida Sector 16 and 18, among others.According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the snag occurred when the pantograph, which supplies power from the overhead wire to the train, got entangled in overhead equipment (OHE) of a train between Rajiv Chowk and R K Ashram section. This happened while the metro was approaching Rajiv Chowk station.”As a result, train services were regulated on Line-3 between 9.20 to 10.05 am in the short loop between Yamuna Bank and Noida/Vaishali, between Karol Bagh and Dwarka Sector 21 and in single line between Karol Bagh and Yamuna Bank section,” the DMRC said in a statement.The DMRC informed the OHE team who then undertook the restoration work at the affected section on the downline and the train was removed from service at 10.05 am, after which the train movement was restored.”Till then, the crowd at the metro station swelled up. The first metro that came at around 10.08 am was heavily overcrowded,” said Ritwik Singh, a student.BREAKDOWNAccording to the DMRC, the snag occurred when the pantograph, which supplies power from the overhead wire to the train, got entangled in overhead equipment of a train between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram section.

Ban matchboxes, lighters in metro: Delhi govt tells CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has written to the CISF, asking it to prohibit passengers from carrying matchboxes and lighters in metro trains and on station premises as it “promotes smoking”.In its letter, the health department said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) does not allow such items at airports and for the same obvious reasons these items should not be allowed in the DMRC premises as well.The health department, last month, had issued a strict compliance notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in this regard.The DMRC had in January taken lighters and matchboxes off the list of restricted items. A commuter is now allowed to carry one matchbox and one lighter in metro trains and on station premises.”We have come to know that security to the DMRC is provided by the CISF as an independent government body under the Ministry of Home Affairs and these items (lighter and matchboxes) are allowed after the CISF security check of the commuters,” Dr S K Arora, Additional Director (Health), Delhi said.Arora in his letter sought an urgent action not only in public health interest to protect non-smokers from the hazards of the smoke but also in the interest of safety of commuters and staff as these fire-causing items may cause a big security risk any time in the present sensitive scenario.”It is worth mentioning that when the CISF doesn’t allow such items at airports then for the same obvious reasons these items should not be allowed in DMRC also,” he said in the letter.”Therefore, you are requested to look into the matter urgently in public health interest and also in the interest of safety of the commuters and staff in the DMRC,” he said.Earlier, a strict compliance notice was issued to the DMRC under Section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, asking it to stop allowing matchboxes and lighters in metro trains and on station premises, or legal action would be initiated against it and the erring commuters.

AAP govt’s efforts to prevent Metro fare hike go in vain; DMRC all set to roll out revised fare

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No amount of muscle flexing by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government against the Metro fare hike has borne any fruit as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to roll out the revised fare from October 10. With the Centre, too, putting its weight behind the DMRC, it is unlikely that commuters will get any respite from a more expensive Metro ride.Hoping that the corporation will cave in, the Delhi government had even threatened to remove DMRC Chief Dr Mangu Singh from the post, if the new fares were implemented.In a letter, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot had warned of “action”, if Singh, being the government representative, failed to represent its strong opposition to the fare.The minister said that since Singh was selected by AAP, in consultation with the Centre, he was expected to convey the sentiments of the city government in the board meeting. This, too, got entangled in rules as AAP can only suggest the removal of the Metro chief. The final go-ahead has to come from the office of the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G).As a last resort, the AAP government had directed Chief Secretary MM Kutty to hold an emergency meeting of all government-nominated directors on the rail corporation’s panel, which also hit a technical snag as it is mandatory to give a seven-day notice period before convening the board. According to the DMRC sources, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had a lucky break when the board chairman agreed to convene the meet, but he did not have any locus standi to put new fares on hold.Replying to Kejriwal’s demand that the revised fares should be prevented from becoming a reality, Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said it could be done, if the Delhi government was willing to give Rs 3,000 crore per annum to the DMRC over the next five years. Puri maintained that the money was required for a facility like Metro to survive and run efficiently.

Govt wants Centre to stop Metro fare hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Assembly on Wednesday sought Centre’s intervention to prevent hike in metro fare, and moved a resolution in this regard. The DMRC will roll out the revised fare from October 10. The state cabinet will hold a discussion on the resolution on October 9 during which the legislators are likely to corner the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on the issue.While reading out the resolution in the House, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the proposed hike was against the wishes of the Delhi government and in “gross violation” of recommendations of the Fare Fixation Committee. The transport minister also termed the fare increase as “anti-people.””The common man is already reeling under a severe financial burden due to the poor implementation of GST, demonetisation, unprecedented price rise, hike in fuel prices and general economic mismanagement by the Centre,” the resolution read. It appealed to the Centre to take into consideration the pro-people concerns of the Delhi government.The AAP government urged the Urban Development Ministry to “quickly and actively” intervene so that the proposed fare hike is not implemented.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said the hike which is second in less than six months, violates Section 37 of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002.Govt StatementIn a statement issued on Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said the hike which is second in less than six months, violates Section 37 of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002.

DMRC celebrates week-long ‘Daan Utsav, 2017’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an objective to encourage people to donate goods, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is celebrating week-long ‘Daan Utsav, 2017’ till October 8. Earlier known as the Joy of Giving Week, it is about philanthropy, to motivate people to donate, either material goods or do some social service.As part of the week, a collection drive of stationery items and books is being organised at select stations across the metro network. These stations where people can donate are Vishwavidyalaya, Rohini West, Dwarka Sector 21, Noida City Centre, Sarita Vihar, Vaishali, Kashmere Gate, Central Secretariat, HUDA City Centre, and Rajiv Chowk.Commuters will be encouraged to donate books and stationery at designated kiosks at these stations, which will be manned by volunteers. Collection drives will also be organised at DMRC’s residential colonies situated in different parts of the city.Meanwhile, a joy ride along with a puppet show, and a visit to the Metro Museum at Patel Chowk was also organised for children on Wednesday as part of the celebration. About 70 children visited the metro system and toured the museum.

Metro sees a 3-time decrease in littering since 2014

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi residents have become more sensitised towards keeping the Metro clean over the years, according to data. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has registered a three-time decrease in the number of offenders for littering the train and Metro stations since 2014.According to the data available with the DMRC, it has fined nearly 980 people for spitting and dirtying the surroundings till now this year. The figure was around 2,700 in 2014, which came down to 1,935 in 2015. The offenders decreased further in 2016, with the DMRC issuing 1,885 challans.The reduction in such fines is a pat on the back of residents, considering the huge rush of commuters on the Metro daily. The train that connects the length and breadth of the National Capital Region, including border areas of the Capital, receives a footfall of 27 lakh passengers every year, and an annual number that touches around 100 crore.Anyone found spitting in the train or otherwise dirtying the stations, is fined Rs 200 by the DMRC. Apart from posters and graffiti on stations and stickers inside the train, as well as tickers warning passengers from dirtying the train, the DMRC also uses public announcement system to create awareness regarding cleanliness among passengers. The train and stations are also monitored by CCTVs, contributing to the DMRC’s efforts to keep the surroundings clean.Expressing happiness at the falling number of offenders for littering, a DMRC official said people were becoming increasingly aware of the significance of cleanliness. “We give the entire credit to commuters for helping us in our constant endeavour to provide world class facilities to them when they travel in the Metro. The reduced figures are heartening considering lakhs of passengers that use the Delhi Metro daily,” the official said.Recently, the DMRC had observed the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by planting 600 trees in Delhi on Sunday. It also brought in a self-help group, comprising several cleanliness volunteers and NGOs, who enthusiastically dedicated themselves to ‘shramdaan’ (effort donation) towards cleanliness initiatives.

Kejriwal vs Centre? Without fair hike, Delhi Metro will turn into DTC buses, says Union Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If the Delhi Metro’s fares are not hiked, the trains will soon turn into Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses whose condition is known to people, Union Minister of State for Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said on Sunday.The remarks came a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Centre, saying that the hike, to come into effect from October 10, is unacceptable, and be put on hold for another three-four months, till the proposal is examined by the Centre and the Delhi government. If the hike comes into effect, the fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 10.”Delhi Chief Minister wrote a letter to me which I received on Saturday. We are examining the letter in different ways. But, it’s important to highlight the fact that the fares of Delhi Metro have not been increased in the last eight years,” Puri told reporters.”Now you decide how to run the Metro. Either it can be turned into DTC buses, and people are aware of the condition of these buses. Or, we can provide proper facilities to passengers,” he said.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had on Saturday said that the hike in metro fares is necessary to provide world-class services to its passengers.Reacting on Puri’s statement, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the DTC may be suffering losses, but it was at least serving the people. “The DMRC should go for property development, food courts and advertisements to generate revenue and not just passenger fares,” he said.Sisodia further said that if the Metro ridership comes down, then its entire purpose to bring down the use of private vehicles is lost. “The central government should first ask clearly why it wants to put a burden on the pockets of the people of Delhi,” he said.Meanwhile, Kejriwal called for putting on hold the proposed hike of the Metro fares till the accounts of DMRC are audited. “An audit of the accounts of DMRC is necessary, as in the past the private power distribution companies used to hike electricity charges by allegedly showing fake losses,” he said in a statement.Kejriwal also said that there is an immediate need to maintain a balance between the operational needs of the Metro and the interests of commuters. “The income and expenditure details of the DMRC should be put in the public domain,” he added.The Delhi government also claimed that it had opposed any hike in fares in the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) meeting held in September last year. “It was unfair on the part of the committee to have overlooked the objections of the elected government, particularly when the views were placed in writing,” reads a statement issued by the AAP government.

AAP forces DMRC to put Metro fare hike on hold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed fare hike by the Delhi Metro has been put on hold for the time being after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday directed Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to find a way out to prevent the hike within a week. The hike was proposed to come into effect from October 10.Calling the proposed hike ‘anti-people’, Kejriwal directed Gahlot to find an alternative.In a meeting with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief Mangu Singh, Gahlot directed the DMRC to put the fare hike on hold till the “rationale behind the hike is explained and all relevant documents are shown to the Delhi government.”“The hike in fares was likely to affect a large number of commuters in Delhi. The Delhi Metro is directed to put on hold any further hike till the Delhi government completes its inquiry and ascertain the rationale behind it,” said Gahlot in an order.However when asked, the DMRC said that they have not received any correspondence from the Delhi government in this regard so far.The minister raised the issue of why the Fare Fixation Committee (which recommended the hike) which is appointed by the Central government, did not take the same stance as the Delhi government.This was the second time in the year that the fares were proposed to be hiked with metro fare for rides almost doubling.The fares were increased following the recommendations of the fourth Fare Fixation Committee appointed by the Central government.However, according to DMRC officials, not wishing to be named, for every Rs 1 recovered from operation, the surplus available to DMRC is Rs 0.26 during the year 206-17, out of which the Metro spent Rs 0.27 towards paying the debt (JICA loan). Thus, no funds are left to meet the cost of replacement of assets.“The net loss before tax for the 2016-17 fiscal comes to Rs 378.29 crore,” he said. FARES DOUBLEDA passenger who now pays Rs 36 for a said ride will now have have to shell Rs 60, if the hike is implemented. Similarly, the Rs 18 ride was proposed to be hiked to Rs 30. Last time the fares were revised in May with the minimum fare hiked from Rs 8 to Rs 10, while the maximum fare was hiked from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

Do not allow matchboxes on Metro, says govt

DMRC is issued a strict compliance notice under Section 4, Rule 3, Sub-rule 1(C) under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s health department on Thursday issued a compliance notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for allowing matchboxes and lighters inside the Metro despite inflammable substances being prohibited on the metro premises.“DMRC is issued a strict compliance notice under Section 4, Rule 3, Sub-rule 1(C) under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 to immediately stop allowing matchbox & lighter to be carried by commuters within the metro trains/premises or legal action will be initiated against commuters and DMRC,” the notice said.

Metro commuter has no right to free drinking water: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A commuter on the metro does not have a right to free drinking water, the Delhi High Court today said while disposing of a lawyer’s plea seeking toilets, drinking water and dustbins at all the stations here. Justice Vibhu Bakhru said the petitioner has a right to drinking water, but not free drinking water. The order came after the court noted the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) submissions on affidavit that there were 128 water dispensing kiosks and over 200 shops in the stations where water was available, but at a price. DMRC, represented by advocate Jatan Singh, said there were ‘PILO’ mobile outlets outside 35 stations where drinking water is sold at Rs 2 for 250 ml and Rs 5 for one litre. It said it proposed to award contracts for setting up 64 more ‘PILO’ mobile outlets and it was only the newly constructed stations, numbering around 15, where drinking water was not available. Regarding toilet facilities, the DMRC said it was available at 130 stations and where the facility was not available, commuters could use the staff toilets in case of an emergency. The court directed the DMRC to put up appropriate signages in this regard to inform commuters. On the issue of dustbins, the Delhi metro said it was earlier not installing them due to security concerns, but now it was proposing to put in place transparent bins at the stations. The court said dustbins have to be provided as it was a necessity in public places like the metro stations. It directed the DMRC to install the dustbins immediately outside the stations if it was not possible inside. With these directions and observations, the court disposed of the plea by lawyer Kush Kalra. Advocate Kush Sharma, appearing for the petitioner, had earlier argued that water should be provided free of cost.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Speak up Delhi: DMRC’s poorly-lit parking lots pose grave safety risks for women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi metro has around 100 parking lots falling under different stations that are independently managed by private contractors. Operating on a bare-minimum space of around 1100 to 5500 sq metres, most of these parking areas provide a 24-hour facility. However, the users often end up grumbling about its poor maintenance, including poor illumination.Around 15 of the total 100 parking areas remain packed through out the day. The rest have an occupancy of almost 90 to 95 per cent. However, it is often rued that on most occasions the place is occupied by non-commuters, adding to the existing woes of space crunch to accommodate more vehicles.The parking charge at the major stations, especially near the heart of the city, mostly used by the non-Metro commuter, is also high. In a bid to ward off such users, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had increased the fare last year.Meanwhile, with no security personnel in the vicinity, taking a promenade through the metro parking become a nightmare, mostly for the women. Many female commuters have also complained that these parking lots turn into drinking zones, especially after the sunset. The hooligans have a free-run if there is no patrolling. The anti-socials also take over the deserted and poorly-lit corners. Poor lighting, apart from the many impolite parking attendants, is another stone in the shoe.Lack of cleanliness is another major blow to the eye of a passer-by. DNA speaks to many unhappy users of the DMRC parking lot. This is what the people, feeling hopeless, had to say….& ANALYSISThe DMRC must closely scrutinise the contractors to whom it awards the parking lot contracts. Since the upkeep and maintenance is a vital issue, it is essential that the authority also imposes some penalty on them for laxity. With so many people including women, using these services every day, safety should also be a priority IT’S AN EYESORELack of cleanliness is a major disappointment for the locals and the regular commuters.
The walls of some of the stations are covered in ‘paan spits’, making it look ugly. I have seen many Metro parking lots that emit foul smell and have too many beggars. On the contrary, there are ones that are also well maintained. The government must look into the day-to-day problems and make the facility more public-friendly.—Sameeha Sharma, Kailash ColonyIn my area, there Metro station area is very crowded. The inside of the station is clean, but the outer region is very dirty. I think the Metro property, which is the most important mode of transportation in Delhi, should be kept clean. The facilities such as parking areas need should have more space for the vehicles.—Palak Bijral, DwarkaDelhi ‘Metros are quite safe, but not the station areas or its vicinity. I know of an eve-teasing incident that took place in the parking area of a station. Also, during the evening I find people playing cards in the parking area and there is nobody to stop them.—Sidak Chadha, Mayur ViharI travel by metro every day, I find it quite safe. The only problem in my area is its cleanliness. The washrooms in the stations need some attention and also the parking area around the station need to be cleaned.—Kavleen Kour Kala, NoidaMost of the Metro stations have spit stains. The parking area is another big concern because I hardly get any space for my vehicle. The government must frame rules so that people abide by them.—Arshiya Sindwani, Shalimar BaghThe walls of the stations are covered with paan spits. The parking areas of most of the Metro stations do not have enough space. Parking my vehicle gets very difficult and also I have encountered people playing cards in the parking area.—Ankita Arora, Patel NagarEXPERT SPEAKThe official spokesperson for DMRC said, “We give contracts for metro parking areas to private contractors. Maintenance and upkeep of parking lots are their responsibility. They are also liable to pay compensation in case of theft or damage to vehicles. While we have not received many complaints about the rogues in the area or the contractors misbehaving with women, we have taken strict action whenever such matter has been brought to our notice. We want the commuters to travel safely and also make the best use of the parking facility provided by us. We also monitor the parking areas very closely.”—Himangshu Sarmah, DMRC spokesperson

DMRC commissions construction waste recycling unit in Rohini

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another of its initiative towards environmental conservation, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has commissioned a new facility in Rohini to recycle Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste. Other agencies may also use the plant to recycle their construction waste.The DMRC has roped in a private, specialised firm to manage the plant, which was recently inaugurated by the corporation’s Managing Director, Dr Mangu Singh, at Ranikheda in Rohini. The facility has crushing, screening, and separation facilities, which would maximise waste management and ensure zero or minimum land filling. The plant has a total capacity of processing 150 tonnes of waste every day.The construction waste generated by DMRC is generally dumped at pre-designated sites, identified and approved by the government. The new facility will now utilise this waste.The C&D waste transported from DMRC locations will be recycled into green products, such as aggregates, manufactured sand, concrete bricks, tiles, paver blocks, kerb stones, and so on. Use of recycled aggregate will reduce the consumption of fresh stones and sand, conserving natural resources and helping in reducing sand mining.The wet technology at the plant will help minimise process residue as well as dust and noise pollution. The C&D waste will be processed to recover and recycle about 95 per cent of the incoming waste. The project will also help in saving scarce urban land. Other agencies involved in construction will also be able to get their waste recycled here.The entire system would be in conformity with the C&D waste rules and other applicable rules and guidelines. The crushing would be done in such a manner that noise and dust pollution is controlled as per environmental norms. The waste that can be recycled includes cement-concrete pile heads, re-bars, concrete blocks, broken bricks, cement plaster, rubble, broken stones, soil, sand, gravel, demolished building material such as railing, frames, roofing, broken glass, etc.

DMRC commissions new construction waste recycling unit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has commissioned a new facility at Rohini for recycling of construction and demolition waste generated by its construction works. Inaugurated yesterday by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh, the plant can also be used by other agencies for recycling their construction related waste. The DMRC said in a statement that construction waste generated by it are generally dumped at pre-designated sites identified and approved by the government. “To utilise this waste, this new facility has been constructed. This is one of the many initiatives taken by the DMRC for environment conservation,” the statement said. The waste transported from DMRC locations will be recycled into products like aggregates, manufactured sand, concrete bricks, tiles, paver blocks, kerbstones etc. The use of recycled aggregate reduces the consumption of fresh stones and sand, thus conserving natural resources and helping reduce sand mining, it stated. “The wet technology adopted at the plant will help in minimising process residues as well as dust and noise pollution. The C&D waste will be processed to recover and recycle about 95 per cent of incoming C&D waste,” the DMRC said. It also stated the project will also help save scarce urban land in addition to processing waste. “Similarly, other agencies involved in construction will also be able to get their waste recycled here.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MMRDA sets off underground Metro security debate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Going by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) logic, Metro Rail Corporation’s (MMRC) Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor is prone to terrorist attacks compared the elevated metro line.It listed the security threat as one of the reasons in a communication to a Vile Parle-based educational trust that wrote to the agency requesting an underground corridor for the DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B. The trust’s land is likely to be required for the construction of the elevated Metro-2B line.K Vijaya Lakshmi, Chief, Transport and Communication Division, MMRDA, in a communication to the trust, said, “Making underground alignment is not feasible due to following reasons given by M/S DMRC” that include the security factor and issues such as need for less land acquisition, lesser construction time and cost.Lakshmi has stated that it is not technically and financially feasible to go for an underground alignment. An annexure attached to the communication contains a chapter on the selection of the type of alignment from the detailed project report prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). It states that underground metro stations are more prone to terrorist attacks than and elevated alignments. The chapter also highlights that underground alignment is more risky to passengers during disruptions compared to an elevated line.Lakshmi told DNA, “I have attached the DMRC’s opinion given to MMRDA. I will have to check what was exactly written by me in the particular communication.”Dilip Kawathkar, spokesperson, MMRDA, said, “One of the important reasons why we are going with an elevated line is the cost factor.” A query sent to MMRC, which is the sole agency executing underground Metro corridor in the city, did not receive a response.Meanwhile…Recently, a group of residents between Bandra and Andheri started an online campaign for an underground Metro-2B.

Airport Line to be extended till Dwarka Sec 25, bids invited

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Airport Line of the Delhi Metro will be extended till Dwarka Sector 25, where a new underground station will be built near an upcoming international convention centre. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has invited bids for the construction of the 1.5-km-long extension and the station. Currently, the high-speed corridor runs between THE New Delhi station and Dwarka Sector 21. The metro floated the tender recently while the feasibility survey of the project was undertaken last year, after the Centre proposed that the convention centre be brought under the fold of the high-speed metro network. A DMRC spokesperson said bids for the project would be accepted till August 14 and the tender opened on August 16. Last December, the Centre had approved the project master plan for the proposed Rs 26,000-crore international exhibition -cum-convention centre which, when completed, will be one of the biggest in Asia. The phase-I of the convention centre project is expected to be commissioned by June 2019. The 23-km-long Airport Corridor (Orange Line), which struggled to attract commuters at one point, has six stations. Trains run every 10 minutes between 8 am and 8.30 pm and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the IGI Airport from the New Delhi station on this line. The DMRC took over the operations of the Airport link in July 2013 after Reliance Infrastructure’s subsidiary Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL) terminated its concessionaire agreement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Trial run begins on Pink Line corridor of Delhi Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trial run began today on a stretch of the 59-km-long Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar section of the Delhi Metro, which on completion would become the longest corridor of the DMRC network. The trials were held on the 6.5-km-long elevated segment between Shakurpur and Mayapuri of the corridor that has been dubbed the ‘Pink Line’, part of the phase-III of the metro network. This is the first trial run on the Pink Line. “Delhi Metro’s new UTO-enabled (Unattended Train Operations-enabled) trains will operate on this corridor. The new trains, with extremely high level of automation, will now undergo rigorous trials between these stations to ensure that they are ready for smooth operations after the commissioning of the corridor. “Initially, train operators will run the trains, but gradually, driver-less operations (on the UTO mode) will be possible,” a senior DMRC official said. While conducting the trials, the interface of the metro train will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done. “The new signalling technology known as Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) will be implemented on this corridor. The response of trains at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the operations control centre (OCC) will also be monitored. The response of the track system and the over head electrification will be checked repeatedly,” he added. The section from Shakurpur-Mayapuri consists of five elevated stations, i.e., Shakurpur, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden and Mayapuri. “This section has one interchange station at Rajouri Garden with Line 3/4 (Blue Line or Dwarka 21-Vaishal/Noida City Centre Line),” the official said. The project had faced delay due to issues of land acquisition. “This section passes above two major jhuggi clusters having 229 jhuggis. In 2012, the DMRC had requested Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement (DUSIB) to take necessary action for relocation/rehabilitation of these jhuggis,” the DMRC said. Four special spans–three steel spans and one cantilever construction span of length 60 metres each–were used in different sections. The metro alignment was crossing over the Delhi-Bhatinda railway line at Shakurbasti which is 19 m high and is the highest among all the special spans used, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

International Day of Yoga: Rajiv Chowk Metro station to remain closed till 8.30 a.m. @ 6/20/2017 12:12:52 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said on Tuesday that the Rajiv Chowk Metro station would remain closed till 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday (June 21) because of the events and activities related to the observation of International Day of Yoga (IDY) in the area close to it. A DMRC statement said, “As advised by Delhi Police, the entry and exit at Rajiv Chowk Metro station will remain closed till 8.30 a.m. on 21st June 2017. This has been necessitated in view of the security requirements for the ?International Day for Yoga? which is being organized at Connaught Place (Rajiv Chowk) on 21st June 2017.” “However, interchange of passengers will be available at the station for Line 3/4 (Blue Line) and Line 2 (Yellow Line) and vice versa during this period. Normal entry/exit for passengers will be available at the station from 8.30 a.m. onwards, the DMRC added in its statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kochi metro launch: Sreedharan included in dignitaries’ list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the state government’s intervention, the PMO today said that ‘Metro man’ E Sreedharan has been included in the list of dignitaries who will share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Kochi Metro inauguration on June 17. This puts an end to the controversy over the non-inclusion of DMRC principal adviser Sreedharan, popularly known as Metro man, from the list of dignitaries sharing the dais with the prime minister. Information in this regard was received at the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office here today, an official release said. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has also agreed to include the name of Opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala among the dignitaries to be present on the stage, it said. The PMO’s intervention comes in the wake of the Chief Secretary writing to it in this regard yesterday. However, as per information received by CMO’s office here, the name of P T Thomas, local Congress MLA, has not be included as requested by the state government. A controversy had erupted in the state as the name of Sreedharan, who was associated with the project from the very beginning, was not found in the list of names of dignitaries who will share the stage with Modi for the inaugural function. Earlier at Kochi, Sreedharan sought to downplay the controversy and said there was nothing unusual in the decision of not being invited on the stage as such restrictions were usual in a programme being attended by the prime minister. He also inspected the arrangements for the inauguration. “Please don’t make a controversy over the issue. Prime Minister’s security is important,” Sreedharan said, adding that the programme should be conducted as per the preparations made by the prime minister’s security agencies.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi Metro: the eagle has landed, thousands stranded!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Evening rush-hour services on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line were severely affected today as a portion of overhead wiring of the network sagged after being hit by an eagle, which also triggered a short circuit. As trains ran on a single line between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations, for nearly three hours, crowd swelled across stations of the busy corridor that connects Noida City Centre and Vaishali to west Delhi’s Dwarka. The incident happened around 4.55 pm, minutes before evening peak period, which sees thousands of home-bound commuters taking the rapid transit as office hours get over around this time. Necessary repair work, through regulation of train movement, was completed by 7.40 pm, a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said. “An eagle hit led to a short circuit of insulator resulting in sagging of catenary wire. The insulator flashed and broke. It caused OHE entanglement with a train passing under it. “Consequently, train movement was regulated on this line. Trains were run on a single line, alternatively in either direction, and repair work was carried out. The snag had hit the down line (that goes towards Noida/Vaishali),” the official said. The over 50-km-long Blue Line, DMRC’s longest corridor as of now, is extremely snag-prone due to a host of factors including its vulnerability to external factors as it is largely overground. DMRC’s network currently spans around 213 kms and it carries an average of 30 lakh passengers daily, with Blue Line being one of the busiest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi Metro Rail introduces new e-rickshaws in NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping women’s safety in mind, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has introduced a new fleet of E-rickshaws at NCR metro stations in order to provide last mile connectivity. Unlike the common e-rickshaws, these battery-operated vehicles are GPS-enabled and have CCTVs installed. Also, these are better designed with covered cabins and a full windscreen.The Delhi Metro connects the Capital to satellite towns such as Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and areas of Outer Delhi. In these areas, lack of other means of public transport, during the late evening, has ensured commuters struggle to get home from the metroThe newly-designed e-rickshaws will ply from these stations covering a distance of 3-4 kms to the nearby residential colonies.The first fleet of five e-rickshaws was flagged off on Monday, also World Environment Day, by Delhi Metro chief Mangu Singh from the DMRC headquarters. The five vehicles plied from the Vaishali metro station.”The Delhi Metro is committed to eco-friendly initiatives. The battery vehicles besides providing last mile connectivity are non-polluting mode of transport. Also, it will encourage people for lesser use of personal vehicles. Moreover, it will come as a safer option for women commuters, as the vehicles will be available till late hours and with GPS and CCTVs will be under surveillance at all hours,” said Singh.According to DMRC officials, they have tied up with a service provider, who will be providing over 600 e-rickshaws over this year which will cover the eight metro stations in Noida and Ghaziabad (on the blue line).”The modern e-rickshaws with covered cabins and full-front windscreen are comfortable and relatively safer with better balance. The facility of E-rickshaws at the stations in Gurugram and Faridabad will also get operational very shortly by another operator,” said a senior DMRC official.FAST FACTSDMRC operates 291 feeder buses on 42 routes connecting 54 metro stations.
Commuters on the Noida and Ghaziabad lines can contact the Metro’s helpline — 011-39595468.

Delhi Metro launches e-rick service for NCR stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to provide last-mile connectivity in cities neighbouring the national capital, DMRC today launched a dedicated e-rickshaw service for the commuters, beginning at the Vaishali station in Ghaziabad. “The specially designed e-rickshaws with covered cabin and full-size front windscreen will provide last-mile connectivity within an area of 3-4 km around metro stations. They are also equipped with CCTV camera and GPS,” a senior official said. The eco-friendly service was formally launched by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) MD Mangu Singh at the Metro Bhawan here on the occasion of World Environment Day. “The first fleet of five e-rickshaws inaugurated today will operate from Vaishali Metro Station. The facility will be extended at stations in Gurgaon and Faridabad very shortly by another operator,” the senior official said. One of the operators aims to introduce 610 e-rickshaws at earmarked eight operational metro stations in Noida and Ghaziabad within a year, DMRC said. “On successful implementation of the e-rickshaw services in the NCR, services on a similar format would be replicated in Delhi subject to its feasibility,” the official said. Commuters in Noida and Ghaziabad can relevant information regarding this facility on the helpline — 011-39595468. “DMRC tries to incorporate eco-friendly initiatives in all its spheres of functioning. So, ensuring dedicated e- rickshaw service at the metro stations will enable the commuters to prefer non-polluting public transport modes over personal vehicles,” Singh said. As on date, DMRC operates 291 feeder buses on 42 routes connecting 54 metro stations in Delhi, DMRC said in a statement. “Around two lakh people use the feeder bus service on a daily basis. DMRC also encourages the use of bicycles by commuters, to and from metro stations. The Delhi Metro network spans two major cities each in Haryana — Gurgaon and Faridabad; Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. The Vaishali station falls on the Blue Line (Dwarka Vaishali/Noida City Centre) of the network.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Metro’s ‘Heritage Line’ likely to be commissioned this week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This week, the Delhi Metro is likely to make a major foray into the Walled City of the national capital, the Mughal seat of power, with the launch of the ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage’ Line. The two-day safety inspection of the 5.17-km-long section, which has three stations — Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort — began here today and the DMRC authorities are hopeful of getting a clearance soon. A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said: “The line is likely to be thrown open this week provided no major issues are red-flagged during the safety inspection.” The new line, which is essentially an extension of the Violet Line that runs between Faridabad and ITO presently, will take considerable load off the Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar stations of Yellow Line. Once the section is launched, residents of old Delhi, made up of areas in and around the Mughal seat of power ‘Shahjahanabad’, will have direct access to commercial centres such as Connaught Place, Janpath, offices in Central Secretariat, and the satellite town of Faridabad. ‘Shahjahanabad’, with the Red Fort as its crowning glory, was founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century. The three stations of this line, all underground, have been designed in accordance with the heritage of the area to provide glimpses of its rich past and vibrant present. The DMRC had approached the commission for railway safety (CMRS), the nodal body that deals with matters pertaining to safety of rail travel and train operations in the country, for the inspection of the line in March. The DMRC has also submitted papers to the ISA (independent safety assessor) for safety certification of signalling systems of the section, where trial runs of trains had begun last August. CMRS declares any corridor fit for commercial operations after taking several civil and engineering aspects into consideration. DMRC chief Mangu Singh had said the line was well on course for launch last December but a labor crunch triggered by a ban on construction and demolition activities and demonetisation led to the delay.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ahead of monsoon, LG forms committee to deal with waterlogging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal has constituted a high-level committee to look after desilting of drains and open manholes in the city so that Delhiites do not have to face waterlogging problems during this monsoon. The committee comprises various agencies, including the Public Works Department, the three municipal corporations, Delhi Cantt, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), among others. It will be headed by the PWD Secretary. A top government official said the committee has prepared a plan to desilt by June 15 all 163 major drains in the city, which cause massive waterlogging every monsoon. The committee will coordinate the desilting work among the different agencies so that they don’t end up passing the buck among each other, he said. “The committee has asked all agencies concerned to come up with their detailed plans on the removal of silt from drains and roads by May 26, and also report how many drains they have been desilted so far,” the official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Students, trade unions protest hike in Delhi Metro fares

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students and trade unions today protested outside the Delhi Metro headquarters here over the hike in metro fares and demanded its rollback. “DMRC is making profits of about 30 per cent, but the recent move shows its desperate attempt to make more profits by burdening common people,” said the All India Students Association’s Delhi president, Neeraj Kumar. The protest outside the Metro Bhavan at Barakhamba Road was organised by the CPI-ML (Liberation), its student wing AISA and the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU). Ever since the hike was announced several student bodies, trade unions and women’s right organisations have been staging sdemonstrations against it. On May 10, the DMRC hiked its fares based on the recommendations of a three-member Fare Fixation Committee. “At a time when Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is reeling under pressure to cater to the needs of people, the fare hike in Delhi Metro will lead to more trouble for the people in the days to come,” Kumar said. He said the fare hike would lead to lower footfall in the metro, aggravating traffic congestion. However, DMRC officials who met representatives of the protesters said that it was the government whch has to take a call on rollback of fare hike. On Monday, the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Students Federation of India (SFI) had protested outside the Delhi Metro Rail Corportaion office at Jantar Mantar demanding a roll back of the hike in fares. SFI is expected to hold another protest at the Metro Bhawan in Barakhamba Road on May 22.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

L-G approves action plan to curb pollution in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today approved an action plan to convert entire municipal solid waste generated in Delhi to energy or recycled products, a move aimed at curbing pollution in the city. The L-G held a review meet on the levels of pollution in the national capital, which was attended by Delhi Environment Minister Miran Hussain, Chief Secretary M M Kutty, principal commissioner of the DDA, and commissioners of the three municipal corporations. During the meeting Baijal was informed that “the corporations are already working towards a solid waste management policy and bids have been invited for waste-to- energy plants, and construction of demolition plants to enable the processing of entire municipal solid waste generated in Delhi. “The Lt Governor asked for a system for incentivisation of the use of end products of recycled waste,” the L-G House said in a statement. The L-G also directed the corporations and the PWD to initiate mechanical sweeping of city roads, it said. The industrial associations have been asked to stop use of non-approved fuel with immediate effect, the statement said, adding, a plan for plantations on roadsides and central verges is to be finalised before the monsoon. During the meeting, it was also decided that for closure of Badarpur thermal power plant, operationalisation of Tughlaqabad sub-station by June, 2018 is to be ensured. NTPC Badarpur has to give a detailed time-bound plan for disposal of fly ash stored or generated at the site. Emphasising on community outreach, awareness-generation and public participation, the L-G asked all concerned to keep up efforts to make Delhi’s air clean on a permanent and sustainable basis. Chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, and Director General, Centre for Science and Environment, Sunita Narain, among others, also attended the meet. NDMC Chairman said a total of six mechanical sweeping machines will be in place by end of May 2017. SDMC Commissioner said 30 small mechanical sweeping machines have been finalised and trials are expected in the first week of May. Commissioner of EDMC said the corporation is also in process of procuring four sweeping machines. Secretary, PWD said a global tender has been floated for six additional machines. The L-G directed that all machines should be on the road between May-August, and a standard operating procedure for final disposal of dust collected by the sweeping machines must be evolved urgently. Special Commissioner (Transport), Delhi government said the department has audited or inspected 750 pollution checking centres (PCC) out of 968. The Chief Secretary was advised to coordinate with Transport Department and Traffic Police to suggest some corridors which can be developed for high-speed bus transit. “The DMRC informed that 420 additional coaches were under procurement, out of which induction of 30 coaches in Red, Yellow and Blue (Lines) and all 162 coaches on Green and Violet (Lines) have already been inducted. Remaining 228 coaches will be inducted by December,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Why can’t DMRC provide free drinking water, asks HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Why can’t Delhi Metro provided free basic services like drinking water and sanitation to travellers at the metro stations, Delhi High Court asked today. When the counsel for DMRC submitted that they were giving water at the stations at a nominal charge of Rs one per glass and also adding better services each day, the court rapped the corporation saying it was behaving like this as it had no competition. “What services you are giving? Where there is no competition, there is no service. If you get a competitor, you will give all the facilities. Why are you charging even Rs one? You should give drinking water for free,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said. The court was hearing a plea filed by Kush Kalra, a commuter, complaining that Delhi Metro does not provide toilets, drinking water and dustbin facilities at any of the stations here. The court granted time to the petitioner to file an additional affidavit and listed the matter for August 21. During the hearing, advocate Kush Sharma, appearing for the petitioner, argued that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was charging Rs one per glass of water, whereas it should be provided free. The DMRC was even charging commuters for using the toilets and had removed dustbins from the stations, he said. To this, the DMRC counsel said they have been adding better facilities for commuters day-by-day and only taking nominal charges for their services. Earlier, the court had directed DMRC to indicate on affidavit how many toilet and drinking water facilities were available at metro stations and whether the amenities were generally accessible to commuters. DMRC had earlier told the court they were not providing dustbins at “every metro station” but only in inter-change stations like Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, Mandi House and Inderlok etc, because of security reasons. It had said it has provided toilet facility for commuters at 138 metro stations but there are 11 metro stations where there are no such facilities due to lack of space. Kalra in his plea has also sought direction to the government and DMRC to provide clean drinking water, dustbin facilities and toilets in the future projects of metro.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Porn clip gives Metro commuters some fun, DMRC the blushes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pornographic clip on one of the large LED advertisement screens at the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro station in the afternoon went viral on social media on Saturday, and many commuters paused to record the video. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Delhi police are investigating the matter. No case has been registered so far.The video surfaced in one of the 12-grid LED screens at the Metro station. The 30-second clip showed some people recording a bit of porn being played on the small grid while others were busy changing lines without bothering to watch it. Sources said that, on April 9 also, a video had played on the screen. The DMRC is verifying the claim.DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said: “The DMRC is not aware about the clip. The LED screen was being tested by a private contractor and it is yet to be commissioned.” He said that all details of the testing and commissioning process will be checked. We are also checking whether such a clip was indeed played and we will take adequate safeguards.”From preliminary investigation, it is established that the April 9 incident occurred around 5pm. The LED TV (Smart TV with multiple features) system was under commissioning and Wi-Fi port was accessible. As per CCTV footage, three men played porn clip through their mobile phones. Attempts are being made to identify them men. This sort of interference with the system will not be possible, once the software is programmed and centrally controlled. In the interim, during the commissioning process itself the contractor will be advised to ensure password protection,” he said.Though the Delhi police have not received any complaint, they have taken suo motu cognizance and are investigating the issue. “The video was sent to us by the media. An officer of the rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) has been asked to investigate. We are trying to find out who played the video,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Metro, Jitender Mani.Metro authorities suffered a huge dent to its image as people took to social media and castigated it. From sarcastic tweets mocking the corporation to angry outbursts to moral sermons, people took to Twitter and other social networking sites to give vent to their anger.

Porn clip played at Rajiv Chowk metro via mobile: probe report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pornographic clip was recently played on an LED screen at city’s busy Rajiv Chowk Metro Station by three unidentified men, a preliminary probe by the Delhi Metro today found. The 30-second-long amateur video has been circulating on social media. The clip, made on April 9, was played on one of the screens of a giant video wall, a grid of 12 LED screens. While some commuters can be seen passing by it without noticing, some of them can bee seen filming it on mobile phones. The surfacing of the video had prompted Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) earlier in the day to launch a probe into the incident. “From preliminary investigation, it is established that the incident is of April 9 around 5 pm. The LED TV (smart TV having multiple features) system was under commissioning and wi-fi port was accessible. “Prima facie, as per CCTV footage, three men have run porn clip through their mobile on the TV at Rajiv Chowk station. Attempts are being made to identify these men. CCTV footage is under examination to identify the culprits,” DMRC’s spokesman Anuj Dayal was quoted as saying in a statement. The Delhi Police said it has not received any complaint yet. “This sort of interference with the system will not be possible in the future once software is programmed and centrally controlled. In the interim, during the commissioning process itself the contractor will be advised to ensure password protection,” he said. Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, located at Connaught Place in central Delhi, falls on the busy intersection of Blue Line and Yellow Line of the metro network, and receives a heavy footfall daily.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Video shows ‘porn clip’ playing at Rajiv Chowk metro station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video has surfaced on the web, purportedly showing a pornographic clip being played on an LED screen at city’s busy Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, prompting DMRC to launch a probe into the matter. The 30-second-long amateur video has been circulating on social media. The ‘clip’ can be seen playing on one of the screens of a giant video wall, a grid of 12 LED screens. While some commuters can be seen passing by it without noticing, some of them can bee seen filming it on mobile phones. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), meanwhile, said it has launched a probe into the case, while the Delhi Police said it has not received any complaint yet. “The DMRC is not aware about this clip. However,this LED screen was under commissioning and testing by a private contractor and same is still under commissioning. The work is still not completed. “We will check all the details of the testing and commissioning process of the contractor to check whether any such clip was played on the LED screen at Rajiv Chowk station and take adequate safeguards action,” the DMRC said in a statement. A senior official said once the veracity of the video, shot on April 9, is ascertained, action will be taken on those responsible for it. Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, located at Connaught Place in central Delhi, falls on the busy intersection of Blue Line and Yellow Line of the metro network, and receives a heavy footfall daily.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: Rajiv Chowk metro station turns into ‘porn hub’ as obscene video plays on screen!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bizarre incident, a pornographic clip was reportedly played on a large advertisement screen at a metro station in New Delhi. According to initial information, the incident took place on April 9, at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station in Connaught Place.The video that was being played and the entire sequence was shot by a few commuters on mobile phone, after which the incident went viral on social media.Sources said that the clip was played on the advertisement screen which was on a contract and not on a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) screen.Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police have claimed that they were unaware of the incident and no complaint has been filed yet.Meanwhile, the DMRC said that it was not aware about any such clip. “The LED screen was under commissioning and testing by a private contractor and same is still under commissioning. The work is still not completed. We will check all the details of the testing and commissioning process of the contractor to check whether any such clip was played on the LED screen at Rajiv Chowk station, and take adequate safeguards/ action,” said DMRC in a statement.The porn clip has reportedly gone viral.(More details are awaited)

4 busy Delhi corridors to be developed as model roads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four major busy corridors in the national capital will be developed as model roads on a pilot basis, with systems in place for smart management of traffic and need-based infrastructural development. The four roads – Mehrauli-Badarpur, Aurobindo Marg, Mathura Road and Chirag Dilli Road – would also be made encroachment-free under the plan. The capital’s roads have been divided in three categories – A, B, C – consisting of 77 congested corridors by the six task forces formed by Lt Governor Anil Baijal on traffic management in January. Twenty-eight priority corridors, which fall under the A category, have been identified for immediate action for traffic management in Delhi. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the L-G. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary M M Kutty, senior officers of all agencies concerned, including traffic police, the PWD, the transport department, the MCD and the DMRC. In the meeting, recommendations of six task forces were discussed. A senior officer, who was present in meeting, said the A category consists of those roads where the traffic issues can be addressed in lesser time. The C category has those roads that will require a longer span of time and the action may include construction of flyovers, foot-over-bridge, change in road design. The officer did not elaborate on the category B road. “Under the pilot project, MB Road, Aurobindo Marg, Mathura Road and Chirag Dilli Road have been identified. All concerned agencies will ensure that these roads are encroachment-free at the earliest. “These roads should have smart traffic management system. Any obstruction and illegal parking will also be removed on these stretches,” a top senior official said. A Category also includes Kemal Ataturk Marg and Sardar Patel Marg. The officer also said the agencies involved in the project will apprise the L-G about the timeline for particular works like removal of encroachment, changes in design if required. In meeting, Baijal emphasised the immediate implementation of the projects and works identified, should be undertaken in to ensure their timely completion. Periodic monitoring and evaluation of impact of action on these interventions are to be done alongwith proper documentation, another official said. The areas under flyovers and U-turns have to be specifically cleaned, kept green and beautified. “The road-owning agencies will be responsible for the repair and maintenance of roads and for keeping them encroachment free. The Chief Secretary was asked to coordinate with the agencies concerned and to submit an actionable plan within three weeks,” Baijal told officers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 held for duping unemployed youths by offering jobs in DMRC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four men have been arrested for allegedly duping unemployed youth of money by offering them contractual jobs in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), banks and hospitals, police said. The accused have allegedly cheated more than 2,000 unemployed youth of over Rs 50 lakh in the past two years, they said. The accused used to open a fake placement agency for a temporary period and offer contractual jobs. They used to advertise about jobs by pasting posters at public places and on Metro pillars. They collected Rs 2,250 as processing fee from each candidate, police said. After collecting money from hundreds of job seekers, the gang members used to shut down their office and change their mobile numbers, they said. Then they used to open a fresh placement agency in a different name and style and a different address to continue their illegal activities, a police officer said. The accused are identified as Virender Singh Kadian aka Langada, Suraj Kumar, Amit Kumar and Kanhaiya Gupta and were arrested when they were planning to open a placement agency in Uttam Nagar. Fifteen mobile phones, fake identity cards along with cash and jewellery were recovered from them. The arrests came following investigation into a cheating case filed at the Moti Nagar police station by a group of unemployed youth who were cheated in the name of employment. “The victims had seen advertisements about the placement agency on posters at public places and Metro pillars. They were lured to attend the agency’s office in Moti Nagar where they underwent an interview and paid money for securing employment,” a senior police officer said. After some time when the candidates went to the same address to enquire about the status of their applications, they found that the agency office did not exist and mobile phone numbers given to them were switched off.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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