Plea For Loos In Metro
12 Jan 2009, 0157 hrs IST, TNN
A petition against the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the state government, seeking provision of drinking water and toilet
facilities for commuters in Metro trains, is likely to be taken up by Delhi HC for hearing next week.
Filed by an NGO Voice of India the writ petition states it is approaching HC after exhausting all other avenues of repeated requests to both DMRC and the government. It claims that in December 2007, the organization had sent a representation to the Delhi government and the DMRC seeking basic facilities in trains run by it but got no satisfactory reply.
Highlighting the lack of toilet facility in the train, besides drinking water facility for commuters, the petitioner says HC needs to intervene for benefit of those who daily commute by train. Seeking the DMRC to provide these facilities within two months time, the petitioner alleged that the corporation has failed to make special sitting arrangements for the senior citizens.
Besides, the NGO also claims there are loopholes in the security arrangements at the Metro station and wants HC to have a look at these. It states "there is absence of baggage screening or scanning machines, the metal detecting wooden-frames through which a traveller passes before reaching a platform are also defective.''
The petitioner also sought the court to constitute a committee in the form of nodal agency to look into the necessary facilities to be provided to the commuters in Metro trains.
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