Flying squads to prevent offences in Metro trains from today

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New Delhi, Jul 16 (UNI) Those travelling by the Metro with undervalued tokens, indulging in littering, squatting or misbehaviour with fellow passengers on the Metro stations or trains be warned! Beginning today, the Delhi Metro has deputed special inspection squads to conduct surprise checks to identify offenders inside Metro trains and stations, a spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

Four flying squads, designated by the DMRC as 'Alpha', 'Beta', 'Charlie' and 'Delta' teams, will be stationed at metro stations to detect any passengers travelling with undervalued tokens and indulging in incidents of misbehavior, squatting, littering and damage to Metro property.

Each team will consist of five members, that is a station manager, a station controller, a CISF personnel and two private security, the spokesperson said.

The flying squads will carry hand-held token readers to check the validity and value of tokens. Those who are found travelling with tokens of less value or overstaying inside the system will be fined Rs 50 on the spot as per provisions of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002. A person must exit the Metro system within two hours of entering it.

The members of the flying squads will also check for incidents of squatting inside trains, misbehavior, nuisance, occupation of seats reserved for the elderly or ladies, eating or drinking in Metro premises, obstruction of doors, playing music at high volume and spitting, littering or defacing Metro property. They will also ensure that all commuters deboard the trains at terminal stations to prevent commuters from travelling in the opposite direction to that for which they have tokens.

Those who do not follow the instructions of the flying squads or refuse to pay fine may be deboarded and handed over to Delhi Metro Police as per procedure.

Under the O and M Act, causing nuisance to Metro property is punishable by fine of up to Rs 500 and forfeiture of token/smart card. Obstructing a Metro official from carrying out his duties is punishable by imprisonment up to one year or fine up to Rs 1,000 or both while damage to Metro property can lead to imprisonment up to 10 years.

Initially, the DMRC officials will counsel offenders who occupy reserved seats, play loud music, squat, among others but stricter action will be taken, if the offenders persist in misconduct.

Commuters facing any problem inside trains can contact the train operator over the Passenger Emergency Alarm system. The train operator, in turn, can alert any member of the flying squads about disturbances in the train.

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