CM surprise check to take stock of cleanliness

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New Delhi, Jul 17 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today undertook a surprise check of a Delhi Metro route between Central Secretariat to Vishwa Vidyalaya to take stock of reported shortcomings in cleanliness and decay in infrastructure in the Delhi Metro, which has been in operation for the last more than five years.

The Chief Minister, who decided to undertake a visit on the Delhi Metro after receiving general complaints through e-mail and letters from commuters stating certain loose ends in general cleanliness, felt that a bit deterioration has started in cleanliness and it is time to overcome this by application of mechanical cleaners and vacuum cleaners.

During the CM's visit, it was noticed that seepage is main cause of concern. The commuters have started littering and spitting here and there. She felt that it is time to educate them and bring general awareness about cleanliness.

There was a big seepage at Rajiv Chowk station because of a fountain over ground level in the Central Park. Apart from this cobwebs were also visible. She asked to place plastic plates below flowerpots at stations. The Chief Minister instructed the DMRC to take care of this at the earliest.

She was, however, satisfied with maintenance inside the coaches.

Ms Dikshit, who was accompanied by the Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, her Principal Secretary P K Tripathi and Transport Commissioner R K Verma, boarded Metro Rail from the Central Secretariat station and terminated her journey at Vishwa Vidyalaya with short breaks at Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi, Chawri Bazar and Kashmere Gate stations to minutely inspect general cleanliness situation at the stations.

Exhorting the DMRC to maintain its glory, Ms Dikshit also instructed to take all possible measures, which the DMRC is supposed to take otherwise to ensure cleanliness and disseminate a better image.

It was reported that a Monitoring Committee comprising the MCD, DMRC and the Delhi Police has been constituted to oversee maintenance outside the stations.

During the surprise inspection, it was found that stations at Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate are most busiest one as inter-changing facility is available on these places. The number of commuters at Civil Lines and Vidhan Sabha is very less.

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