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Delhi Metro makes special arrangements for IITF

By Abdul Nisar

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has taken a host of measures to cater to the commuters who are using the Metro to visit the India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan from November 19 to 27.

The DMRC will run trains with a peak hour frequency throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This means an additional 23 trains will be put into service, which are normally withdrawn during off peak hours and will perform over 100 extra train trips every day during the trade fair.

A total of 43 manual token counters with separate counters for specific token denominations and destinations will be put up at the Pragati Maidan Metro station on all working days.

During weekends and holidays, the number of these counters will go up to 52. To avoid overcrowding, all tokens will be sold from ground floor only. No tokens will be sold from concourse level.

Additional Customer Facilitation Agents (CFAs) also may be deployed at stations like Central Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate for guiding and managing the crowd in the ticketing area.

Extra Security Guards are planned to be provided at platforms, AFC gates, escalators, lifts, and token counters at Pragati Maidan on weekdays. For every token counter there will be one security guard to streamline and control the crowd.At the concourse level, Q-managers will be put for the physical segregation of the entry and exit points of the commuters.

This will help in avoiding cross movements and crowding near AFC gates.

Permanent toilets have been constructed near Gate no 3 of Pragati Maidan Metro Station. Around 20 temporary kiosks to provide drinking water and snacks to the visitors will also come up.

To ensure faster security clearance of the commuters, additional Door Frame Metal Detectors and extra X-Ray machines will be installed.

The average footfall (Entry/Exit) of Pragati Maidan Metro station during IITF 2009 was approximately one lakh passengers per day.

The special arrangements have been made for the general public, as the fair will be opened for them from Friday. By Rajesh Gaur(ANI)

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