Monday blues just got worse for Delhi commuters as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on March 18 announced that from March 19 night onwards they will shut down Metro stations in NCR due to Jat agitation.
DMRC also added that they are not sure how long this move will last as they will get to know the severity of the situation only on Monday, March 20.
“DMRC has been directed by the Delhi Police to terminate all trains at Delhi border w.e.f 11.30pm on March 19. It is therefore requested that necessary arrangements may kindly be made for maintenance of law and order at these stations. All entry gates of all Metro stations outside Delhi shall remain closed from 11.30pm on March 19 till closure of arrangements by Delhi Police.” – Letter by the DMRC to the police chiefs of Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad.
The news though has sent panic across Delhi commuter and office-goers as Delhi Metro acts as a life-line between people living in NCR and Delhi.
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Jat community leaders recently had threatened to intensify their protest from March 20 onward if their demand job and education quotas are not met.
Fearing chaos the Delhi Police thus asked the DMRC to terminate all trains at the last station outside Delhi region from March 19, 11.30pm onward.
This move is set to affect 22 Metro stations that fall in NCR – Stations after New Ashok Nagar on the Noida line, stations after Arjangarh on the Gurgaon line and stations after Anand Vihar on Vaishali line, among others.
Further, the Delhi Police has also decided to close 12 Metro stations in central Delhi from 8 pm on March 19, so as to curb further violence.
The 12 stations that would be affected in Delhi are – Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Janpath, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, RK Ashram Marg, Pragati Maidan, Khan Market and Shivaji Stadium.
Though one must note that the interchange facility will be available as usual at Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat and Mandi House Stations.
While adequate security arrangements are being made at all the closed stations, chaos is still expected from Monday morning onward.