May 4, 2011 11:02:31 am
The ladies compartment of Delhi Metro has not only made travelling easier for women in the national capital but has also added to the coffers of DMRC.
Metro reserved the first coach of every train for women from October 2 and since then there have been regular incidents of men forcing their way into the special coaches due to over-crowding in the other compartments.
“From October 2 last year till March 31,2,506 people have been punished for unlawful entry into the coach reserved for women and penalty of over five lakh has been generated from them,” DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.
He said,”We have found that compliance has improved from the time we started the separate compartment. It definitely has decreased.”
DMRC has deployed six mobile checking squads to ensure proper compliance and random checking and those who are found flouting the rules will be penalised,he said.
Among the metro stations where most of the cases of violation have come up are Khan Market,Seelampur,Shastri Park,G T B Nagar,Kashmiri Gate,Chandni Chowk,Chawri Bazar,Rajiv Chowk,Central Secretariat,Malviya Nagar,Hauz Khas,Mandi House,Karol Bagh,Rajouri Garden,Nehru Place,Jangpura,Yamuna Bank and Okhla.
On November 26,some men who forcefully entered a reserved coach were thrashed and made to do sit-ups in Gurgaon.
Rohit Katiyar,the spokesman of CISF,which is responsible for security of the metro said,”We have bunch denomination groups,comprising of women along with anti-sabotage personnel. They randomly travel in the metro and fine people who break rules blatantly.”
The decision to impose the fine has been welcomed by the fairer sex,who regularly use Metro.
“I have many times seen men barge into the compartment. Once a man picked up an argument with us in the reserved coach and was caught by the mobile squad at the Rajiv Chowk metro station and penalised,” 25-year-old Rohini said.
For Suhana,a BSc student from Ramjas,an encounter with a violator is something she will never forget.
“A man started misbehaving when I asked him to leave the compartment. But thankfully at the next station itself,the police came to my rescue and fined him,” she said.
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