Metro re­stricts size of bag­gage you can carry

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Faizan.haider@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI : The next time you use the metro to get to the air­port or a rail­way sta­tion, check the size of your bag­gage.

For the first time since start­ing op­er­a­tion 15 years ago, Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion has de­cided to put re­stric­tions on the size of the bag­gage a pas­sen­ger car­ries.

DMRC has started putting steel gauges on bag­gage scan­ners, to re­strict the use of over­sized bag­gage. As per rule, only bags that are 45cm in width and 25cm in height are al­lowed in­side the Metro. The di­men­sion of scan­ner in­stalled at Metro sta­tions across the Delhi NCR, how­ever, is 60x40 cm, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to carry big­ger bag­gage.

The move to re­strict bag sizes, how­ever, is not likely to go down well with the air­port and sta­tion bound trav­eller as they carry mul­ti­ple and large size bags.

“To start with, steel bar­ri­ers have been in­stalled at five sta­tions – Shah­dara, Kash­mere Gate, Anand Vi­har, Chandni Chowk and Barakhamba to see pas­sen­ger re­sponse. It has al­lowed us to screen the bag­gage more care­fully. Pas­sen­gers ear­lier used to pile bags on top of each other, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to screen. Also, the num­ber of break­downs has re­duced as scan­ners are not get­ting dam­aged by the over­sized bags,” said an of­fi­cer of Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF).

On an av­er­age, around 28 lakh pas­sen­gers use the Delhi Metro and an ad­di­tional 40,000 use the air­port line daily. The size of scan­ner at air­port line is big­ger as those com­ing from air­port usu­ally carry large bags. When they en­ter the nor­mal Metro sys­tem, the bag­gage is not screened again. Those go­ing to air­port with large bags, how­ever, are likely to face a prob­lem with the new bag­gage rule.

“Bag­gage scan­ners at five Metro sta­tions across the net­work have been in­stalled with steel gauge so that only bag­gage up to per­mis­si­ble limit only can pass. Bag­gage of the size of 60 x 45x 25 cms is per­mit­ted to pass through the scan­ners, as per DMRC rules. On many oc­ca­sions, over sized bag­gage cause dam­age to the scan­ners and also cause in­con­ve­nience to other pas­sen­gers in­side the Metro train,” said a DMRC spokesper­son.

Over 200 bag­gage scan­ners are op­er­a­tional across the en­tire Delhi Metro net­work.

HAND­OUT

A old (left) and new bag­gage scan­ner with the steel gauge. Bag­gage of the size of 60x45x25 cms is per­mit­ted to pass through the new scan­ners, as per DMRC rules.

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