In view of the Bawana Assembly bypoll, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to begin the metro service in the national capital earlier than usual. The Bawana by election has garnered much importance, as it is touted as a barometer of influence for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress. After months of aggressive election campaign, the election will take place on Wednesday. Citing convenience of people, the DMRC will start metro services earlier on the day. However, the issued orders are for the Yellow and the Red line only.
As per a PTI report, a DMRC official said that on the Yellow line which connects south Delhi to the city’s northern most flank, the first train will leave Qutub Minar at 2:50 am and the second train will depart at 3:30 am. On the Red line, the first train will leave Dilshad Garden station at 3:05 am while the next one will depart at 3:45 am. Besides beginning early, the services will also continue beyond the daily scheduled hours. On the Yellow line, the last train will depart from Badli at 1 am while on the Red line, the train will leave Rithala at 1 am, the official added. Other than these special additional trips, metro trains will run as per the normal timetable throughout the day on all lines, said the report.
Eight candidates are in the fray for the bye-election that has been necessitated after the seat, reserved for the Scheduled Caste category, fell vacant in March post the resignation of sitting legislator Ved Prakash, who resigned from AAP and joined BJP. Over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the upcoming Bawana Assembly bypoll in Delhi in which EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) would be used at all polling stations, reports PTI. The election is scheduled to be held on August 23 and the counting will take place on August 28. The report further mentioned that there are as many as 2,94,589 voters. Out of which, 1,64,114, 1,30,143 and 25 are male, female and third gender, respectively.