They tried everything: from complaining to the police to organising street plays for educating miscreants about the consequences of throwing stones on Metro coaches. But nothing seems to have worked.
To prevent its trains from being vandalised, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will now raise the height of its fence between Seelampur and Shastri Park in East Delhi.
DMRC officials said there had been a few instances when people from neighbouring areas threw stones on moving Metro trains, breaking door glasses and windshields.
“This stretch of 150-metres seems to be the favourite of miscreants. They pick ballast (stones used on railway tracks) from Northern Railway’s line that runs parallel to the Metro line and throw them on Metro trains,” said DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal.
In one of the incidents in May this year, a power transformer was damaged and overhead wires of 25 KV got exposed, leading to electricity failure and disruption of services. Though the power supply was immediately restored, said a DMRC official, train movement on the entire Line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) remained disturbed for more than one-and-a-half hours.
DMRC has currently deployed four security guards round the clock to keep an eye on activities around the area.
While Metro is either underground or elevated on other lines, it runs at ground level between Shahdara and Shastri Park on line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala).
Though there is a wall on either side of the track to prevent people from crossing the tracks, the 1.6-metre-high fence does not seem enough to stop people from throwing stones at Metro trains and damaging them.
“We have decided to increase the height of the fencing by another five feet on this 150-metre-long stretch. We will either raise the concrete wall or put wire mesh to raise the height,” the spokesperson said.