Man jumps to death at Metro station
A 22-year-old man committed suicide by jumping off the elevated Govind Puri Metro station on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor in south Delhi on Tuesday morning. This was the fourth such incident in the past six days in which three people have been killed.delhi Updated: May 09, 2012 00:23 IST
A 22-year-old man committed suicide by jumping off the elevated Govind Puri Metro station on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor in south Delhi on Tuesday morning. This was the fourth such incident in the past six days in which three people have been killed.
The rising cases of suicides prompted the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief Mangu Singh on Tuesday to order a survey of all elevated stations with an intention of raising the height of platform railings to prevent such attempts, said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson of DMRC.
Delhi Metro will also spend over Rs 100 crore on platform screen doors in six existing stations.
In most stations, the height of platform railings is between 3 to 3.5 feet. The DMRC plans to increase the height to five feet. The height will be maintained in the 50 elevated stations to be built in Phase 3, sources said.
The CCTV footage showed that the man, one Anil Kumar of Okhla, reached the Govind Puri Metro station around 11.30am. “He was standing at the platform, waiting to catch the Metro towards Badarpur. But a few seconds later, he climbed the boundary wall and jumped towards the road,” a police officer said.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. No suicide note was recovered from his possession. His family members have been informed.
Delhi Metro had conducted a feasibility study on the installation of platform screen doors at the six existing stations — Kashmere Gate, Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazar and New Delhi, all on line 2 (Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon).
Due to a bad debt problem, DMRC will not be able to install screen doors in other existing or new stations, said a DMRC official. “The process of installation of screen doors will start soon and will be completed in two years. This arrangement will deter those with suicidal tendencies and will also prevent genuine commuters from losing their balance and falling on the tracks,” said Mangu Singh.
According to BS Gujjar, additional DCP (railways), four to five suicide attempts or accidents used to take place in a year on an average but the recent incidents has jolted the Metro administration.