The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will soon install new booths that will allow women commuters to keep an eye on their belongings while they are being frisked at stations.
The new booths come in the wake of a spurt in complaints of baggage thefts from x-ray scanners while commuters are being frisked by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at Metro stations.
Interestingly, it was the CISF that had asked the DMRC to come up with covered booths as women often complained of lack of privacy during frisking.
“At the same time, we have to be sure that they can also keep an eye on their belongings as they go through the bag scanners. The new booths are covered from both sides and have a space at the eye level from where commuters can watch their bags,” said a senior CISF official, requesting anonymity.
One such booth was installed at Barakhamba Metro station last week and both the CISF and DMRC seem to be satisfied with the response.
“More or less, we have approved the new frisking booth and the same model will soon be placed at metro stations across Delhi and NCR,” the official added.
The blue coloured booths are portable too. Being made of fibre, these booths can be shifted from one location to another without any hassles.
“At some stations we do not have much space, but we are working out the modalities. Soon, every station will have booths of similar design,” he said.
Once the booths are installed at every station, the CISF will change the location of the baggage scanner so that women can see their baggage.