The Lost and Found cell of our good ol’ Delhi Metro has some interesting tales to tell. In an attempt to see what Delhiites lose or misplace during their daily commute aboard the city’s silver line, we came across a host of unexpected things on the list — pressure cookers, pillow covers, socks and DVD speakers. This, apart from the usual items — lunch boxes, mobile phones, handbags and spectacles.
In a detailed and neat compilation, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) lists a data of the lost and found items of the past one week on their website, updating the information on a daily basis so that it’s easy for commuters to track what they’ve lost.
In doing so, they specify the date, the Metro station and in some cases, the time, with every product that is listed. The items can be collected at either the Metro station (within one day of the listing), or from the Lost and Found cell at Kashmere Gate.
As many as 250-350 commodities are found at Metro stations every month, mostly at busy junctions such as Rajiv Chowk, Chandni Chowk, HUDA City Centre and Pragati Maidan. If any commodity is not claimed within a month, it is auctioned by the Metro authorities (yes, your dirty socks may be up for grabs too!).
Anuj Dayal, an executive director with DMRC, tells us, “About 24 lakh commuters travel in the Delhi Metro every day. We try our best to take proper care of the materials that are lost by the commuters. However, I would also request the commuters to be careful while travelling, so that they do not misplace their valuable items.”