Why can’t Metro users get free drinking water: Delhi high court
A bench of chief justice Rajendra Menon and justice VK Rao also asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to explain as to how it was going to give water free of cost to commuters at one location inside the metro stations so that it is accessible to everyone.delhi Updated: Aug 21, 2018 05:00 IST
The Delhi high court on Monday wanted to know from the Delhi Metro why it cannot provide free drinking water to its commuters when other metro services in other cities such as Kochi, Jaipur, Lucknow and other cities can do so.
A bench of chief justice Rajendra Menon and justice VK Rao also asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to explain as to how it was going to give water free of cost to commuters at one location inside the metro stations so that it is accessible to everyone.
“Clarify how you (DMRC) will implement it. Clarify if you can provide free drinking water at one particular point in a station which is accessible to all commuters,” it said.
Advocate Kush Sharma, appearing for petitioner Kush Kalra, told the court that metro services in other cities were providing free drinking water to commuters, but Delhi metro, which was a consultant in all those projects, was not.
The court sought to know the reason behind it.
Replying to this query, the DMRC told the bench that it can provide signs on the metro stations, indicating where free drinking water would be available in case of an emergency.
The metro said it had set up water ATMs at its stations, which provide water at a charge of ₹2 per glass and apart from that there were kiosks and shops that sell drinking water. It also said commuters were free to carry their own drinking water.
Following this, the matter was listed for October 11 for further hearing. The court was hearing the appeal against a single-judge’s order that a commuter on the metro does not have a right to free drinking water.
The single judge had said a person has a right to drinking water, but not for free. The order had come on a plea by the petitioner, who had sought directions to the DMRC to provide free drinking water and toilets at its stations.
In his plea, the petitioner had alleged there was lack of dustbins inside several metro stations. The DMRC had later installed transparent dustbins for organic and inorganic waste in stations.
The court had earlier this year pulled up the Delhi Metro for not providing free drinking water or toilet facilities to commuters inside the stations, asking whether it has lost “a sense of human problems”.
“You go anywhere in the world, there are toilets in the metro stations. In London, the volume of traffic is not as much as we have,” the court had said.
First Published: Aug 21, 2018 05:00 IST