Finding it difficult to keep male passengers from barging into coaches meant exclusively for women, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to impose a fine on those who violate the rule.
Introduced earlier this month, the ladies coach was started on an experimental basis by the DMRC. On several stretches despite warnings and messages posted by the DMRC, volunteers and guards have to be posted to ensure that the men do not come barging in.
But the DMRC has now decided to penalise the violators. “A fine of Rs.200 for every violation can be imposed with effect from Tuesday by the DMRC in case any male passenger is found travelling in the reserved ladies coach of a metro train,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
The Delhi Metro had decided to reserve the first coach of every train for ladies with effect from October 2. Also, one fourth of the total passengers travelling on the Delhi Metro consist of women.
Children up to 12 years accompanied by lady passengers are also allowed to travel in the reserved ladies coach.
The DMRC will deploy mobile checking squads to ensure proper compliance and random checking in this regard.
“Every mobile squad will consist of four to five persons including security personnel. So far, mobile squads have imposed penalty on 8,195 passengers for committing various offences such as defacing metro property, drunkenness, nuisance and spitting in the metro between November 9, 2008, and September this year. The amount collected so far has been Rs.16.41 lakh,” the spokesperson said.