A survey conducted by the Delhi Metro last month showed that nearly 90 per cent of women commuters voted in favour of continuing the system of reserving a coach for women.
According to the survey conducted last month, 89.51 per cent of the respondents wanted the existing system to remain in place and turned down the suggestion of moving the reserved coach to the middle of the train.
The survey was conducted between January 11 and 13, and 34,500 respondents were approached during their metro ride or at stations.
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Another 413 respondents filled in their feedback online, taking the total figure to 34,913 women respondents. Sources said commuters at all main interchange stations such as Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, Central Secretariat and busy metro corridors were approached to fill in the survey form that offered two options of shifting the reserved coach to the middle of the train or leaving it at the first or last coach.
Though Delhi Metro officials refused to comment on the reasons for the survey, a metro staff member conducting the survey on the Huda City Centre-Samaypur Badli route had told The Indian Express that it was being done because of a PIL in the Delhi High Court which questioned the position of the reserved coach.
There is a debate over the position of the reserved ladies coach with some arguing that weaving through a crowded platform to reach the first or last coach is difficult. Others have voted in favour of the existing system where the ladies coach is next to the driver’s cabin, limiting entry from one end thereby securing the coach. Delhi Metro has a daily ridership of 28 lakh commuters.