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Delhi Metro’s Heritage Line: Click selfies but no station photos

A senior official of CISF said that since the line has been especially started to promote tourism and make people aware of the grandeur of Old Delhi, it is not fair to question every person, especially tourists or visitors, wanting to capture the beauty of the station.

delhi Updated: May 31, 2017 22:01 IST
Abhinav Rajput
Metro heritage line
People enjoying their first metro ride on the ITO to Kashmere Gate heritage line in New Delhi on Sunday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

With an increasing number of people clicking pictures of artefacts installed on the Heritage Line of Delhi Metro that opened to public on Sunday, authorities are in a fix as the rules prohibit clicking of pictures on the premises while the line is being promoted to boost tourism.

However, to ensure that no untoward incident happens in the garb of clicking pictures, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has instructed its officials to keep a close eye on people clicking selfies and photographs. Those trying to click pictures of station areas or other strategic points will be pulled up.

A senior official of CISF said that since the line has been especially started to promote tourism and make people aware of the grandeur of Old Delhi, it is not fair to question every person, especially tourists or visitors, wanting to capture the beauty of the station.

“In cases where CISF finds that a person doing photography is of a suspicious nature, he will be asked to show his identity card and delete the pictures. If the officials are satisfied with his credibility, he would be left else handed over to Delhi Police,” he said.

CISF does not take any punitive action on people doing photography but hands over the person to police for background check.

The legacy of Shahjahanabad has been showcased in four Metro stations in three metro stations in heritage line – Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Delhi Gate, Kashmiri Gate using an independent theme for each station.

The narrative is structured thematically in a manner that each station will offer the viewer a different glimpse of a defining attribute of the Walled City.

For instance, the Red Fort and Jama Masjid stations have paintings with lesser known facts of the Mughal rule imprinted on it.

“Besides, security, clicking selfies or photographs is also risky in the underground area of the station as people might fall due to distractions,” he said.

A senior Metro official said that people cannot do photography using professional cameras but those clicking selfies should stick only to the areas where artefacts are installed. “If they will click pictures of other areas, action would be taken against them by security agencies,” he said.