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Sitting on floor tops list of Delhi Metro violations, over 22,000 fined this year

As many as 22,699 commuters were booked sitting on the floor of trains till August this year, making it the most violated rule in the Delhi Metro.

delhi Updated: Oct 07, 2018 07:01 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A view of Delhi's extension for Pink Line metro line, as it was officially opened for public from today, at South Extension Station, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, August 6, 2018.
A view of Delhi's extension for Pink Line metro line, as it was officially opened for public from today, at South Extension Station, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, August 6, 2018. (HT PHOTO)
         

As many as 22,699 commuters were booked sitting on the floor of trains till August this year, making it the most violated rule in the Delhi Metro. Another 3,933 people were fined for causing nuisance, while 2,871 were caught trying to walk away from station premises without depositing tokens, revealed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) data.

Other common offences include unlawfully entering coaches reserved for women and spitting inside stations and trains. Between January and August this year, 2,278 male commuters were caught travelling in women’s coaches and 604 were booked for spitting.

In 2014, only four people were booked for sitting on the trains’ floor. That number increased to 108 in 2015, and reached 1,521 in 2016 and 10,155 in 2017 – gradually becoming the most common offence.

Several passengers, however, complained that the offence of sitting on the floor of the trains does not make sense for those travelling long distances in packed coaches, especially during peak hours.

The DMRC has collected ~24.13 lakh in fines between January and August this year. Sitting on the train can attract a fine of ~200, while commuters have to cough out ~150 if caught spitting.

First Published: Oct 07, 2018 07:00 IST

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