November 18, 2018 3:39:30 am
A total of 83 persons committed suicide across 58 Delhi Metro stations over the last four years, an RTI query filed by The Indian Express with the Metro unit of the Delhi Police has revealed.
The maximum number of suicides (32) were reported from the longest and busiest Blue Line, which has 44 Metro stations stretching over 50.56 km, starting from Dwarka Sector 21 and ending at Noida City Centre.
The data also revealed that Subhash Nagar and Janakpuri West Metro stations, both located on the Blue Line, saw the maximum number of suicides — with four persons killing themselves at each station since 2014. The stations at Chattarpur, Tilak Nagar and Kashmere Gate saw three suicides each.
According to the RTI, in 2014, a total of nine suicides took place, which shot up to 24 in 2015. The suicide numbers dropped to 15 in 2016 and 19 in 2017. In the current year till October, a total of 16 persons have committed suicide so far.
Officials of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which has been tasked with the security of all Metro stations, said their personnel are trained to identify persons with distress.
“Right now, CCTV operators tip-off the ground-level staff when they notice people with signs of distress. The CISF officers are trained in analysing gait and facial expressions as a part of their security training. This is used to identify people with distress and we have also managed to prevent suicides,” said a CISF spokesperson.
The Delhi Metro had also introduced platform screen doors (PSD) for better crowd management and to make sure no untoward incident, such as commuters gaining access to the train tracks, takes place. As of now, there are six PSDs at Metro stations, apart from a PSD at every station on the Airport Express.
As per the RTI, only one suicide took place at the New Delhi station of the Airport Express in the time period.
The Metro’s Yellow Line saw 24 suicides in the last four years; the Red Line witnessed 17; the Violet Line seven; while the Green Line saw three people kill themselves.
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