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New Delhi: Be careful while travelling on the Delhi Metro as the teenage girl disguised as a student or a woman carrying a toddler could be a pickpocket. Data collated by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the network, shows that over 95 percent of the pickpockets caught on the network are women.

Data shows that of the 149 pickpockets apprehended between January and May, 142 were women. A CISF officer dealing with women pickpockets on the Delhi Metro said that they camouflaged their intentions by clever modus operandi.

“There are several groups of woman pickpockets who randomly travel on the Metro. They board a train from one station and get down at the third or fourth one. They repeat this till they zero in on a target,” the officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.

The officer said that women pickpockets travelling in the Metro are aged between 18 and 40 and nobody can easily detect them as pickpockets.

CISF spokesperson Hemendra Singh said that their raiding team had conducted 32 surprise checks between January and May and apprehended 149 pickpockets from the Metro premises.

As per CISF data, 354 pickpockets were apprehended in 2014 in 71 raids, while 466 pickpockets were held in 2013.

The CISF said that about 300 women pickpockets were held in 2014, while 421 were apprehend in 2013.

“We hand over the pickpockets to the Metro police when they are caught red-handed or based on passenger complaints. The CISF also conducts random weekly raids and drives out suspected pickpockets from the Metro premises,” Hemendra Singh told IANS.

Asked how the pickpockets are identified, he said the CISF had a list of known pickpockets provided by Delhi Police. “We match the photographs of suspicious people with those provided in the list while monitoring CCTV footage.”

He said another method was monitoring the movement of passengers who seemed to be hanging on in the Metro system without any definite destination.

Hemendra Singh said such suspects were also fined Rs.200 or Rs. 250 and warned of strict action so that they do not muster the courage to break the law.

The CISF is the designated nodal force for securing the Delhi Metro rail network that has 136 stations. (IANS)

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World’s First Green Metro: Delhi Metro bags Green Certificate at 2nd National Conference on Green Metro systems

Delhi Metro’s persistent efforts towards eco-friendly and sustainable practices has led to winning a green certificate

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  • Delhi Metro bagged a green certificate for eco- friendly initiatives-all its major buildings and installations.
  • For following green building norm, Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
  • The corporation achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network.

Delhi, August 3, 2017: The Delhi Metro bagged a green certificate at 2nd National Conference on Green Metro systems, Metro Bhavan on 28 July for eco- friendly initiatives-all its major buildings and installations.

For following green building norm, Delhi Metro’s newly-opened Jahangirpuri-Samaypur Badli section and the Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) at Mukundpur Depot have received the highest platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The IGBC formulated a rating mechanism for metro stations and buildings- platinum, gold, silver, etc., to encourage them to follow green building specifications. The DMRC headquarters at Metro Bhavan received a gold rating for maintaining green building norms and Platinum ratings were also awarded to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) residential Complex metro enclave at Saket.

Delhi Metro get's a green certificate
Delhi Metro get’s a green certificate. pixabay

The corporation achieved the target of generating 20 MW of solar power by the year 2017 by adding another 2.6 MW of solar power facilities across the Metro network. At the conference, Dr. Prem C. Jain, chairman, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), said, “Delhi Metro is the first to become a green Metro. The platinum ratings that they have got are hard-earned and a lot of toils has gone into the process.”

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) collaborates with US agencies to get green certification

The conference was attended by delegates from all other Metro systems in the country, who discussed a range of issues regarding successful adoption of green technologies for planning, constructing and operating Metro systems. According to Delhi Metro’s official site, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said, “The country’s energy consumption has increased by 700 per cent in the last four decades. This will increase three times more by 2030. One of the major users of energy is the transport sector, especially urban transport. Therefore, it is very relevant to focus on Metro systems and talk of green Metro.” Our country’s transport sector plays a crucial role in the implementation and promotion of environment-friendly and sustainable practices. The role of Indian Railway is particularly important as it’s one of the most extensive railway networks in the world.

DMRC became the first railway project in the world to be registered by the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in 2008, which enabled it to claim carbon credits. Then, in 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) registered DMRC as the world’s first transport sector project under the Program of Activities (PoA), made it the managing entity for all other Metros of India.

AK Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC, and the Chairman of the conference, also highlighted the corporation’s green achievements.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Long-awaited “Heritage Line” of Delhi Metro inches closer to being pressed into Service

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted papers for the line connecting ITO and Kashmere Gate (5.17 km)

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New Delhi, March 17, 2017: The long-awaited “Heritage Line” of Delhi Metro inched closer to being pressed into service, as the DMRC submitted papers to the safety department on Friday for approval — the last step before the metro becomes available to commuters.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted papers for the line connecting ITO and Kashmere Gate (5.17 km) to the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) and also to the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) for certification, after which the line will be opened to the general public.

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“The documents will be scrutinised by CMRS office and thereafter a CMRS inspection will be planned. The line will be opened for public after safety certification of signalling system by the ISA,” a statement issued by the transporter read.

A part of the Violet Line (ITO-Escorts Mujesar), the stretch was originally scheduled to be completed by December 2015 but missed several deadlines before its first trial-runs could be conducted in August last year.

“This was a challenging line from the very beginning. We had to execise extra caution during the construction because of the stretch being dotted with structures of historical value all along it. It also took us longer than usual time in getting clearance and securing landspace this time,” a DMRC official told IANS.

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Given the recurring delays, he could not bring himself to commit to any time-frame and say when the metro would become commuter-ready.

“I cannot commit any time. Earlier, there have been instances when we were given permission in a day. Not sure about now, it may take month or even more,” he said. (IANS)

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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)