Metro commuters to get tips on safe travel

February 20th, 2012 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) With a few freak accidents reported on the Delhi Metro recently, hundreds of volunteers will now be deployed at various stations to give tips on how to travel safely. The six-day long campaign will start from Tuesday, a Delhi Metro official said.

According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), about 160 volunteers from Northern Railway Bharat Scouts and Guides will be deployed at major inter-change stations like Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, Central Secretariat and Chandi Chowk till Sunday to educate lakhs of commuters on how to travel safely in Metro.

“With an increasing number of accident cases at Metro stations, where people fall off onto the track after losing balance, or their hands or legs get stuck while entering or exiting from the train at stations, the awareness campaign will educate commuters on safe travel,” a security official in Rajiv Chowk Metro station told IANS.

On Sunday, 45-year-old Jeevant Negi was critically injured when he fell on the tracks at Sultanpur Metro station in south Delhi.

Negi was waiting for train when he lost his balance and fell off the platform.

“The campaign will educate commuters about safe travel on Metro. Volunteers will be deployed near the train’s doors to guide the passengers on safe entry and exit,” a DMRC spokesman said.

Apart from boarding and deboarding volunteers will also ask passengers to queue up while boarding and using escalators, the Metro official added.

The volunteers will also distribute pamphlets, which will have a list of Do’s and Don’ts in trains and station areas.

Delhi Metro makes over 2,400 trips a day, covering about 70,000 km and carrying around 1.8 million passengers on working days.

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