Delhi Metro is a lifeline for delhiites. Over two million passengers travel by Delhi Metro every day but very often, the experience is frustrating and very unsatisfying. More often than not, we see passengers sitting on the floors and having a gala time. They occupy ample space, which becomes a hindrance to other people. More surprisingly, metro officials lack severity, and they usually take no action against them.
But thankfully, rules have changed now. Special squads have been formed to keep tabs on people who sit on the floor. They will be made to get off the train immediately, and they can be fined too.
The special squad has already started their work. On Friday, they conducted checks between Samaypur Badli and Gurgaon stations. Some women were found sitting on the floor in the ladies coach and instantly, they were made to get off at the next station. Some were fined with Rs 200.
Metro officials said,
The drive will be conducted regularly before and after the weekend — on Fridays and Mondays — as there is a heavier rush in the Metro on these two days. Checks, however, can be conducted on other days too people sitting on the floor were a big nuisance for other passengers.
This is very important initiative because it is embarrassing for a woman to jump over men to cross over from one coach to another.
Metro officials also said,
When people sit on the floor, they affect the movement of other passengers who might want to go to other coaches which are relatively empty. They also affect boarding and de-boarding. People can actually trip over the legs of these passengers, which is risky. Moreover, one person sitting on the floor takes the space where two to three people who could stand. Thus, fewer people travel in the train at a given time.
Though this change came late, but it gives a huge sigh of relief.