Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has earned Rs 38 lakh as penalty from the metro riders in just 11 months. This amount is collected only from the commuters who were found sitting on the metro train floor while travelling. The other offences including littering, creating a nuisance, travelling with wrong tokens and obstructing officials on duty generated nearly 90 lakh and a total of 51,000 people were fined for this offence.
The highest penalty is for the offenders who sit on the floor of the train. They have to pay an amount of Rs 200 if caught squatting and at least 19,026 people have been fined for the same in these 11 months.
If calculated gross, a total of 51,441 people have been fined in the last 11 months and an amount of 8994380 has been collected. Most of the offenders are fined in between Samaypur Badli and Huda City Centre, and the amount collected from the Yellow line is 3920220. Among the other offences, one is of sitting on the roof of the metro train. This was witnessed on the Blue Line.
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Few passengers believe that there is no point in making ‘sitting on the floor’ an offence. A daily commuter on the Blue Line, Dipika Bhatia travels from Dwarka to Noida to and from. This takes her almost an hour and a half to complete her journey.
She says, “I just don’t have the strength to stand after a long day at work,” she said, admitting that she knows it is an offence but does not understand the reason behind it.
While there are other passengers who believe that sitting on the floor of the train causes hindrance to the commuters and it affects in boarding and deboarding leading to cause delay.