Keep a 30-minute buffer if you are taking the Metro till August 15

By Akhilesh Pandey
Photo: Thestar.com
Posted: Aug 13, 2016

Dwarka stations such as Sector 9, Sector 10, Sector 12 and Sector 14, some of the busiest in the sub-city, and others across the NCR, such as Uttam Nagar, Karol Bagh, Rajeev Chowk, Laxmi Nagar, Noida City Centre, New Delhi Railway Station and Anand Vihar Terminal have been seeing long queues in the busy morning and evening hours. In some places, queues are spilling out on to the roads outside the Metro stations.

Though commuters are happy that security has been tightened and are cooperating in the multiple-tiered checks, there is a general air of irritation at not being informed of this development beforehand.

Avinash Gaud, a resident of Radhika Apartments, said, “It took me 20 minutes to just enter the Metro station. Metro personnel should have informed us about this earlier, so we could have planned our office commutes accordingly.”

Most commuters said the queues were especially bad in the evening rush hours. “It was an almost serpentine queue at Karol Bagh, with the line meandering out to the street outside,” said Shikha Suman, a resident of Sector 6.

“The detailed security checks at two to three points are taking up a lot of time,” she added. “Since commuters did not know of the tightened security measures at the Metro stations and that they are supposed to keep their mobile phones and purses in hand during frisking, the checks are taking even more time. Most are fumbling to take out their purses and phones right at the check-points.”

So now that you know, make sure you leave early if you are taking the Metro. That said, great job, Metro Rail Corporation! One can never be too careful these days. Just that a little heads-up to commuters would have been great.

TAGS: Metro / DMRC / NMRC / Queue / Commuter / Checking / Security



Rocky Verma

Posted 3 years ago

We do not have a security culture. One would think Delhities who have faced the brunt of several terror attacks in the past would have wizened over a period of time. They haven't. First they should stand in a queue, wait for their turn before entering the metal detector and empty out their pockets before subjecting themselves to a patdown.