Wait for auto access doors at Delhi Metro stations gets longer

Metro spokespersons said the project was taking time as the work could be done only in the late hours of the night after metro services are closed.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:November 12, 2016 5:04 am
Delhi metro observed more commuters during the second phase of odd-even scheme. Express photo by Cheena Kapoor 180416 Delhi metro  (Express photo by Cheena Kapoor)

With the number of commuters at metro stations going up every passing day, the DMRC decided to set up automatic access doors on the platforms, to keep people away from the tracks. It has been months since the project began, but installation is expected to take several months more.

Since June this year, glass doors have been on the platform at Chandni Chowk, New Delhi and Chawri Bazaar stations.

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Initially covered in protective paper and “caution” tape, the glass doors now lie exposed and commuters sometimes use them as mirrors or as support to lean against while waiting for trains.

“We ask them not to lean against the door because it is too close to the edge,” said a member of the security staff at the New Delhi station. “Sometimes people keep their bags on the support of the door and we have to tell them not to,” he added.

Commuters on platforms seem unaware of the purpose of the hardware on platforms and say that it is a “good idea” to have safety doors. “I have heard they have doors like that in foreign countries to keep passengers safe. We should have it on crowded platforms,” said 20-year-old Ritika Khanna, who was at the Chawri Bazaar station on her way back from a shopping expedition.

“I saw in the news that somebody died after falling on the tracks. This should be done at Rajiv Chowk because that is the most crowded station,” said 50-year-old Arif.

Metro spokespersons said the project was taking time as the work could be done only in the late hours of the night after metro services are closed. “These are running stations with heavy footfall so the work time is restricted,” said a Metro spokesperson.