The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to enhance the security system at Metro stations.
Towards this end, the DMRC is considering, on a priority basis, the establishment of five new Metro stations in and around the city.
In January, the Delhi Police had sent a proposal to the DMRC seeking sanction for five new metro police stations to be established at Yamuna Bank, Peeragarhi, IGI Express, Qutub Minar and Lajpat Nagar.
As per the proposal, the Yamuna Bank metro police station will cover the metro stations between Yamuna Bank and Noida, the Peeragarhi station will cover the stretch between Indralok and Mundka, IGI Express metro police station will cover stations between Dwarka and IGI International Airport; stations between Central Secretariat and Huda City Centre will come under the Qutub Minar metro police station while the Lajpat Nagar metro police station will cover stations between Central Secretariat and Badarpur.
“We are yet to get sanction from the DMRC. I do not know when the sanction will come,” Iqbal Mohammad, ACP, Metro Police, said.
“We don’t understand why the DMRC is taking so much time to give the sanction. We wanted to activate the new police stations as soon as possible keeping in mind the increasing number of crimes on the metro lines, including crimes against women,” said a senior police officer from Delhi Railway police.
Delhi Metro already has four metro police stations—at Kashmiri Gate (covers underground stations between Central Secretariat and Jahangirpuri), Shastri Park (covers stations between Kashmiri Garden and Dilshad Garden), Rithala (covers stations between Kashmiri Gate and Rithala) and Raja Garden (covers stations between IP Extension and Dwarka).
“We are considering the proposal. We have already begun talks with Delhi police. We have to identify locations for the police stations,” said Raj Kumar, Director Operations, DMRC.
‘Committee to rename metro stations’
Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has suggested the setting up of a “naming committee” to name or rename Metro stations on the lines of the MCD and NDMC.
Dikshit said there were several instances where local residents did not like the name of particular metro stations. The proposed committee, said Dikshit, would look into the demands of naming and re-naming of existing and upcoming metro stations.
Chief Minister’s suggestion came in the wake of the representation made by the residents of Rampura in West Delhi to change the name of Ashoka Park metro station on Inderlok-Mundka line to Rampura Ashok Park metro station.