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Delhi Metro’s fan base expands

Guess what’s keeping the Delhi Metro’s Right To Information (RTI) cell busy these days? Researchers.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2010 01:16 IST
Subhendu Ray

Guess what’s keeping the Delhi Metro’s Right To Information (RTI) cell busy these days? Researchers.

The Metro’s RTI cell has received more than 40 RTI applications from university students, many of them pursuing civil engineering and mass communication.

The applications pour in from across the country, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat

The Delhi Metro’s rapid expansion, improved security, cost of travel, pricing policies, research and development and accident prevention methods, among others, form the subjects of researchers’ interest.

“The secret of the Delhi Metro’s success as a popular mass transit system has become a hot topic of academic research,” said RR Agarwal, a former civil engineering student at the Hindu Institute of Engineering, Sonepat.

The RTI is the best tool to gather research material,” Agarwal added.

Students seek information about the quality of materials used in the construction of Metro flyovers, steps taken to handle huge crowds at stations, security measures taken in view of terror threats, insurance policy for passengers and profit earned, among other topics.

“There has been a sudden spurt in RTI queries. In the last two months, we have received over 40 such RTI applications,” said a senior officer of DMRC’s RTI cell.

“While students from outside Delhi file RTI applications to gather information for research papers, those from Delhi-based academic institutes directly come to us for such information,” the officer added.