On Thursday, flag waving, sloganeering Anna supporters decided to use the Metro to reach Ramlila Ground. As protesters gathered at Metro stations across the Capital, it spelt inconvenience for other commuters using the service.
Metro services were halted when protesters gathered outside the Prime Minister’s residence. Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Jor Bagh and Khan Market Metro stations remained closed to the public from 3pm. While the Khan Market station reopened around 7:30pm, the others remained closed.
Meanwhile, on the Badarpur to Central Secretariat line (Violet Line), protesters’ enthusiasm was visible at Badarpur, Govindpuri and Nehru Place stations.
However, several commuters who wanted to get off the train at Govindpuri were forced to get off at the Kalkaji metro station, after the exits were blocked by protestors.
“It is one thing to be consumed by such nationalism and support Anna Hazare, but to disrupt public transport services during peak hours is not justified. You can’t use this movement as an excuse to delay other passengers on trains and buses,” said Mukesh Sharma, who got off at Kailash Colony to avoid the chaos at Govindpuri.
A similar sight was visible at other metro stations in Central Delhi as well. Chaos was visible at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station in the afternoon, when supporters shouted slogans across platforms, adding to the prevalent chaos witnessed daily at this busy arterial station.
“This is one of the busiest stations in the network and protesters have gathered here near the entrance points. Some groups have also been waving flags and shouting slogans at the Yellow Line platform (connecting Central Secretariat to Jahangirpuri) which, along with people filing out of the trains, has caused tremendous confusion,” said Alka Bedi, a Metro commuter.