The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation kicked off a five-day ‘nukkad natak' festival in the Capital on Tuesday. The plays, aimed at raising awareness about various aspects of the metro system, will be staged in areas along the entire Inderlok-Mundka corridor.

According to DMRC officials, a total of 60 such performances of about 15 minutes each will be presented till May 22.

“Some specific locations have been chosen for these performances to ensure that a maximum number of people are benefitted by these plays. Three specialised agencies – Drishtantar, Avante Garde Academy and Platform for Action in Creative Theatre (PACT) – have been assigned the responsibility to present 22 shows each. These street play troupes will perform these shows mainly during the office rush hour in the mornings and evenings to target more people,” said a spokesperson.

Through themes related to everyday life, these troupes will make people aware about various issues related to the metro such as the benefits of using smart cards, the dangers of crossing the yellow line at platforms, the correct ways to use lifts and escalators and the danger of flying kites near the metro alignment. They will also request the people to join the Metro Citizens' Forum volunteers programme to further strengthen it ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

“With the opening up of the Inderlok-Mundka metro corridor, the Delhi Metro has now reached localities of Outer Delhi from where a lot of first-time users have joined the metro commuters' family. Feedback was received from the station staff of some stations along this corridor who suggested that campaigns oriented towards raising awareness about using the metro system properly would help the first time users to make better use of the metro,” the spokesperson said.

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