According to a data accessed by PTI, a whopping Rs 43 lakh in cash, 283 mobile phones, and 79 laptops were left behind by commuters while travelling in the Delhi Metro in 2016.
The data provided is till August 2016 and is according to Delhi Metro’s ‘lost and found’ data.
The recovered cash and items were later restored to the traveller and is one of the largest amount in the last few years.
For the entirety of last year, the corresponding figure was only over Rs 18.80 lakh. The data has been prepared by CISF, the security force tasked to secure the Metro network and says a total of Rs 43,18,155 in forgotten cash was recovered by its personnel is apart from the foreign currency that is worth over Rs 26,000 and bank cheques/drafts worth over Rs 40.85 lakh.
They also said that a total of 79 laptops, 23 pieces of gold ornaments, 283 mobiles, 63 watches, nine cameras and as many tablet phones were recovered from the Delhi Metro between January 2016 to August 2016 .
While giving this data a senior official said that such cases occur at some station or the other almost every day and that they CISF, who is tasked with the security duties hand over these recovered items to the station controller after scanning them from the point of view threats.
In many cases, the person who forgets his belonging comes back and the cash and other stuff are handed over to him after due verification.
An estimated 26 lakh people reportedly use Delhi Metro it to travel every day.