Reverse journeys till ITO annoying Delhi metro-goers

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New Delhi | Published: June 19, 2016 1:38:01 PM

If you board the metro at ITO for Faridabad, chances are you will have to make the journey standing, despite the station being Violet Line's terminal station for the side.

Delhi MetroMetro’s drive to check such reverse journeys also seems to have petered out of late. (PTI)

If you board the metro at ITO for Faridabad, chances are you will have to make the journey standing, despite the station being Violet Line’s terminal station for the side.

The reason is that an overwhelming number of passengers do not deboard at Mandi House and travel all the way to ITO to ensure a seat.

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Metro’s drive to check such reverse journeys also seems to have petered out of late.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had initially announced a penalty of Rs 200 on commuters violating the rule. But monitoring of the situation for an extended period made it apparent that such drives are rare and have completely failed to stop the practise, leading to complaints by people who board the metro at ITO.

Even announcements in the station and inside trains warning commuters of fine, which was done regularly at one point after the launch of the extension of the Violet Line till ITO, have been done way with, a passenger said.

“People who take the train from ITO are mostly office- goers and for them, to be greeted by a train full of passengers, not deboarding, is quite annoying,” Tanyaa Sharma, a marketing executive, said.

“Metro should strengthen its drive till it launches the extension till Kashmere Gate,” Sharma added.

When contacted, a DMRC spokesperson said: “Metro takes up drives and randomly keeps checking to look into such issues.”

ITO is the last station to have been launched individually in June 8 last year. The entire Mandi House- Kashmere Gate, 9.37 km ‘heritage corridor’, is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

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