Metro stations become ‘suicide-prone’
A 24-year-old man allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping from the Punjabi Bagh metro station on Thursday. The man broke his leg and hand in the process.Updated: Sep 07, 2012 02:12 IST
A 24-year-old man allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping from the Punjabi Bagh metro station on Thursday. The man broke his leg and hand in the process.
Jumping on metro tracks or on roads from station to commit suicide has become a trend which is gaining disrepute for Delhi Metro, which caters to about 20 lakh commuters everyday. On Wednesday, a young girl committed suicide by jumping from the Pragati Maidan station. Last month, in two similar incidents, one died while one escaped with critical injuries.
Alarmed by this increasing trend, DMRC had earlier installed railings at six stations which were identified as suicide-prone. But that did not put a stop to the trend.
After Thursday's incident, the organisation has expedited the process of installing additional railings at 19 'suicide-prone' stations across NCR , said a DMRC spokesperson. Some of them are Seelampur, Janakpuri West, Rajendra Place, Dilshad Garden, RK Ashram, Sultanpur, MG Road, Jahangirpuri, Kirti Nagar, Noida Sector 16 Govindpuri and Uttam Nagar East.
"We will soon launch a public service initiative with the help of an NGO to sensitise our frontline staff to identify such people in Metro premises and guide them to the volunteers of NGO for any possible help," said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of DMRC.