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10 little known facts about Delhi Metro which makes it distinct

Delhi Metro is the life line of Delhi. It is one of the easiest and most convenient way of transportation one can find in Delhi.

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The Delhi Metro is Delhites' favourite way of commuting. Wikimedia Commons
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Delhi Metro is the life line of Delhi. It is one of the easiest and most convenient way of transportation one can find in Delhi. It is easy and totally hassle-free.

However, it is not full proof. Delhi metro has its own share of vices, it is overcrowded, swarming with pick-pockets, and experiences technical glitches every once in a while. However, despite all the pros and cons, people love to travel in metro because it is one of the most efficient public transportation system in India.

Here is the list of 10 little known facts about Delhi Metro which sets it apart :

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has developed one of the most efficient public transportation system in the World. Wikimedia Common
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has developed one of the most efficient public transportation system in the World. Wikimedia Commons

There are no Power Cuts, only Power Shifts.

What we call power cuts, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) calls them power shifts. The power lapses where lights and AC go off at certain stations are the ‘power shifts’. There are designated neutral zones or sub-stations which supply power to the train, as it can not get the required 25,000 volts from a single station.

There are no dustbins.

You might not have noticed but here are no dustbins anywhere on the stations, apart from those inside the restaurants. However, the DMRC stations and platforms still always manage to look and stay clean. This is definitely something worth being proud of.

Despite no dustbins, DMRC platforms are one of the cleanest.
Despite no dustbins, DMRC platforms are one of the cleanest.

The escalator at the stations have a ‘Saree Guard.’ 

Surprised? Here is the explanation. Delhi metro commuters are always in a hurry and DMRC knows this very well. Apart from the emergency stop button on the escalators, there is also a ‘sari guard’ feature which stops loose clothing material from getting trapped in between the escalators.

It is full of assistance for the disabled.

The yellow tiles with horizontal lines on the Delhi Metro platforms and stations are constructed in such a way that blind people can easily walk on it without any assistance. The stations are also wheelchair friendly with ramps built on every station methodically so that wheelchair bound people can roll around the station more comfortably.

 

Delhi Metros are disabled friendly and provides facilities for the disabled.
Delhi Metro is disabled friendly and provides facilities for the disabled.

The DMRC Dedit Card 

This one is a largely unknown fact, the DMRC and ICICI bank collaborated to launch a DMRC debit card which offers facilities like,  auto recharge and gives 10 % discount on metro fare and shops at the metro stations. It also has cash back offers and reward points, this certainly makes travelling in metro a more fun experience.

The voices behind the announcements

The female voice of Delhi Metro, who announces the stations and instructions in English, is Ms. Rini Simon Khanna. And the  male  Hindi announcer is Mr. Shammi Narang.

Providing bicycles at a cheap rent.

Even after your de-boarding of the train, DMRC has ways of taking care of your journey. A lot of metro stations provide bicycles on rent  for as low as Rs 10 for 4 hours with a valid ID proof.

Delhi Metro is very Environment Friendly.

The United Nations have certified the DMRC as the first rail-based system that gets carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It reduces pollution levels of Delhi by approximately 630,000 tonnes per year.

Delhi Metro is almost never late. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi Metro is almost never late. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Metro is always on time. 

The trains  are said to be punctual 99.7% of the times, which is one major achievement, keeping in mind, this is India we are talking about. This punctuality is yet another example of DMRC’s methodical and systematic work settings.

The distance covered will leave you amazed.

The 200 trains of the Delhi Metro network covers a total distance of 69,000 kms every day. That is much more than the earth’s total circumference, which is only 40,075 kms.

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India Can Really Take An Ostrich Approach To The Condition Of Women?

A total of 548 global experts on women’s issues , 43 of them from India

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Can India Really Take An Ostrich Approach To The Condition Of Women?. Flickr

-By Deepa Gahlot

You read with a mixture of alarm and scepticism, the poll report by the London-based Thomson Reuters Foundation that India is the most dangerous country in the world for women, beating Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

According to reports, a total of 548 global experts on women’s issues — 43 of them from India — were asked about risks faced by women in six areas: healthcare, access to economic resources and discrimination, customary practices, sexual violence, nonsexual violence, and human trafficking. And shockingly, India comes out as the worst!

We see women progressing in every field in India, but, there is also the increasing violence against women and young girls reported every day; not long ago, female tourists felt safe in India; but now, women travelling solo are constantly targeted. Everyday there are reports of the rapes and murders of minor girls, often accompanied by unimaginable torture and mutilation.

There has been outrage in India, and also holes punctured in the survey that has such a small number of respondents, but can we really take an ostrich approach to the condition of women? Even as education and healthcare improve for women — at least in metro cities — the contempt for women is socially and culturally ingrained in the Indian psyche. In a city like Mumbai considered progressive and relatively safe for women, the girl child is unwanted even by many educated and wealthy families. In spite of laws being in place, female foeticide and infanticide is rampant, to the extent that there are large territories where there are no girl children and brides for the men have to be ‘imported’ from other states.  As dowry murders and rapes rise, the more unwanted the girl child becomes.  The fact is that India’s gender ratio is deplorable.

And if the male child is valued over the girl child, he grows up believing that he is special and if he is thwarted in any way, he can resort to violence. In spite of education and exposure to progressive ideas, in the case of rape or sexual violence, the tendency to blame and shame the victim persists.

To give just one small example, in the West, accusations of sexual harassment resulted in united shunning of a man as powerful as Harvey Weinstein and many others in the wake of the #MeToo movement, that helped many women speak out about their experiences.

In India, Malayalam actor Dileep, who has been accused in the abduction and rape of an actress, and was boycotted by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), was recently reinstated. This caused shock and dismay among women in the film industry.

A statement by a group of over 150 women film practitioners says it like it is, “A body that is meant to represent artistes of the Malayalam movie industry showed complete disregard for its own member who is the victim of this gross crime. Even before the case has reached its conclusion, AMMA has chosen to validate a person accused of a very serious crime against a colleague. We condemn this cavalier attitude by artistes against women artistes who are working alongside them. There is misogyny and gender discrimination embedded in this action.

“We admired and supported the Women in Cinema Collective that was formed by women film artistes in Kerala in the aftermath of the abduction and molestation of a colleague, a top star in the industry. We applaud the WCC members who have walked out of AMMA to protest the chairman’s invitation to reinstate the accused. We pledge our continued support to the Women in Cinema Collective who are blazing a trail to battle sexism in the film industry.

“Cinema is an art form that can challenge deeply entrenched violence and discrimination in society. It is distressing to see an industry that stands amongst the best in the country and has even made a mark in world cinema choose to shy away from using their position and their medium responsibly at this important moment. Today, women form a significant part of the film and media industries, we reject any attempt at silencing us and making us invisible.”

The Gujarat elections have brought the BJP and the Congress in close contest with each other.
Indian women. VOA

The preference for male children has had some unexpected ramifications. In a working paper published by the American non-profit, National Bureau of Economic Research, by Northwestern University’s Seema Jayachandran and Harvard University’s Rohini Pande (quoted in Quartz Media), finds that stunting in Indian children could also be blamed on the cultural preference for sons.

“In India, on average, the first child — if he is a son — doesn’t suffer from stunting. But, if the first — and so the eldest — child of the family is a girl, she suffers from a height deficit. And, then, if the second child is a boy, and hence the eldest son of the family, he will not be stunted. This happens because of an unequal allocation of resources to the first child”.

According to the report, “When Jayachandran and Pande compared India and Africa results through this lens, they found that the Indian first and eldest son tends to be taller than an African firstborn. If the eldest child of the family is a girl, and a son is born next, the son will still be taller in India than Africa. For girls, however, the India-Africa height deficit is large. It is the largest for daughters with no older brothers, probably because repeated attempts to have a son takes a beating on the growth of the girls.”

Also read: Has Legal Framework Turned a Blind Eye towards Under-representation of Women in Indian Politics?

In spite of all the Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao rhetoric, the required shift in the male-centric attitude towards a more egalitarian one is simply not happening; or, it is a case of one step forward, two steps backward. The Thomson Reuters Foundation report may be unfair and skewed, but being known as the rape capital of the world does nothing to improve the image of India in the world or even in its own eyes. (IANS)