The Delhi Police will deploy extra forces at Metro stations during the India International Trade Fair (IITF).
More than 15 lakh visitors are expected at the fair that starts on November 14 for business dealings and November 19 for the public at Pragati Maidan.
The decision follows Sunday’s incident at Rajiv Chowk metro station where four people were injured after a power failure on a train on the Metro’s ‘blue line’ — the Dwarka Sector 9 to Yamuna Bank track — led to chaos and a near-stampede.
Delhi Police said they would deploy around 80 personnel each at three key stations — Pragati Maidan, Mandi House and Rajiv Chowk — that will see a huge increase in the number of visitors during the fair.
“The Noida line will become operational a day before the fair begins,” said Bhairon Singh Gurjar, additional deputy commissioner of police (railways).
“As many commuters are expected to avail of the Metro services, we have decided to deploy extra people. This will be done for better crowd management and to avert any mishap,” Gurjar said.
With the opening of the Yamuna Bank-Noida Metro Line, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials expect an increase in ridership of 53,000 passengers everyday. The line will have six stations in Noida.
The police said they would hold a meeting with DMRC officials to chalk out a plan.
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials guard the Metro stations and DMRC staff manage the crowds while boarding and deboarding the train.
This will be the first time Delhi Police will be deployed inside Metro stations after the CISF took over two years ago.
Delhi Police has asked the Indian trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) to restrict the number of visitors per day at the trade fair to 1 lakh.
Apart from this, ITPO has installed 110 close circuit television cameras at Pragati Maidan.
Police said they had asked the organisers to put baggage scanners at all gates.
Manufacturer inspecting coach
The metro has sent the computer box of the train that developed a snag on Sunday to Bombardier Corporation for further investigation.
Senior DMRC officials said a team of the engineers of Bombardier Transportation, the Germany-based company that is manufacturing coaches for the Delhi Metro’s phase 2 expansion, inspected the train on Monday.
Another metro train manufactured by the same company had plunged into darkness at an underground section on Wednesday last week.