Following the death of the gang-raped girl

While last week the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had to cancel celebrations to mark its tenth anniversary of operations on Sunday, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh called for cancellations of the anniversary celebrations of the Metro Museum that was scheduled for Monday.

The celebrations have been stalled or postponed due to recent developments in the city following the death of a 23-year-old girl who was gang-raped in a moving bus earlier this month.

“MD DMRC Mr. Mangu Singh orders cancellation of metro museum anniversary celebrations tomorrow and DMRC’s new year celebrations in view of recent happenings,” said a statement issued by the DMRC’s Public Relations Office. The Metro Museum at the Patel Chowk metro station which was set up on December 31, 2009, was going to celebrate three years on Monday with the Delhi Metro unveiling more models and souvenirs to add to the collection. “We keep upgrading the items on display at the museum but we were going to unveil more items on Monday to mark the anniversary,” said a DMRC spokesperson.

Mr. Singh has also announced that the Delhi Metro will set up a working women’s hostel for women staff in the city. “The details about where the hostel would be located has not been decided yet,” said the spokesperson.

Meanwhile, five out of the ten Delhi Metro stations that had remained shut since Saturday were opened on Sunday afternoon. “Five stations opened at 1-10 p.m. These are Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk and Patel Chowk. Five other stations still remain closed,” said a DMRC statement. The five stations that remain closed include Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan, Race Course, Jor Bagh and Khan Market.

The DMRC had shut ten stations at 7-40 a.m. on Saturday fearing mass protests following the death of the young girl in Singapore. However, interchange services continued at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat.

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