Delhi Metro wants authorities’ help against stone-pelting

May 5th, 2009 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Delhi Metro has sought help from authorities as people from slums have been throwing stones on the tracks and at the trains, often damaging and disrupting services.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director E. Sreedharan Tuesday wrote to the lieutenant governor of Delhi and the Delhi Police commissioner on this issue which had “begun to affect Metro passengers and operations seriously”, a DMRC statement said.

“Stone throwing from Shastri Park to Seelampur and Shahdara on the Line-I (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) has often resulted in damaging Metro doors, windshields and glasses,” said a DMRC official said.

The last straw was when Metro services were disrupted Monday evening on Line-I due to stone pelting.

“The stone throwing from these areas on to the trains damaged a power transformer causing electric short-circuit during the rains yesterday at 6.50 p.m. Power supply was disrupted for two hours between Shastri Park and Seelampur as a result of the stone pelting,” the statement said.

At least five such incidents have already occurred this year, damaging Metro trains and complaints have been lodged on all occasions with Delhi Police.

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