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100 Mohalla Clinics have come up in Delhi and their number will increase to 1,000 in 6 months: Lt Governor

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New Delhi, March 6, 2017: More than 100 Mohalla Clinics have come up in Delhi and their number will increase to 1,000 in six months, Lt Governor Anil Baijal said on Monday.

Addressing the Delhi assembly on the opening day of the budget session, Baijal listed the achievements of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the last two years.

This was Baijal’s first address to the house after he assumed office in December.

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Primarily focusing on the health and education sectors, Baijal said his government started work on constructing 8,000 new classrooms and 20 new schools, out of which 14 schools had been completed.

He said over 100 Mohalla Clinics – where people have access to doctors, tests and medicines for free – were already working and their number would be increased to 1,000 in the next six months.

He added that 122 polyclinics — secondary healthcare centres — would also be completed in the next one year.

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“My government is working with complete commitment towards improving the health facilities available to the people of Delhi,” Baijal said.

In his 25-minute address, the Lt Governor also talked about significantly increasing the minimum wage for the city’s labour class.

Last week, Baijal approved the Arvind Kejriwal-led government’s proposal to hike minimum wages by around 37 per cent.

Talking about Delhi Jal Board’s initiatives, Baijal said water connections had been provided in 1,175 unauthorized colonies.

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He said the government was providing 20,000 litres of drinking water free of cost to every household.

Baijal said the government had approved the fourth phase of Delhi Metro which will be completed by 2021.

“The third phase will take the Delhi Metro’s operational network from 179 km to 330 km by June 2017,” he said. (IANS)

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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
The Delhi Metro is Delhites' favourite way of commuting. Wikimedia Commons

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.