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Delhi Metro to screen drunks with breathalyser

Subhendu Ray , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 07, 2013
First Published: 01:19 IST(7/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:22 IST(7/5/2013)

Revelers who have had a nice night out on the town and decide to take the Delhi metro to avoid being caught for being under the influence of alcohol may need to rethink their commute. 

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Fed up with the increase in incidents of drunken brawls aboard the plush metro coaches — especially during late evening hours — the Delhi metro has decided to start using breathalyzer tests to screen passengers.

If found under the influence of alcohol, you will not be allowed to board the train.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), responsible for metro security, has already started pilot screenings at Rajiv Chowk metro station.  “We have placed our demand for alcometers to conduct drives at all 134 metro stations,” said Udyan Banerjee, DIG, CISF.

Banerjee claims the breathalyzer tests will be the first of their kind in any metro system in the world.

“To start with, only those who appear drunk will be checked. Those found drunk will not be allowed to enter the system. This will bring an end to arguments often triggered by violators,” said a CISF spokesperson.

The handheld gadgets will generate receipts containing names of the violators and alcohol content found in the blood, “which will help us creating a database," he said.

The process of procuring alcometers is in progress, said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson.


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