DMRC pe­nalised 23,000 men for board­ing women’s Metro coach

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the RTI data, “tail gat­ing” or tak­ing the to­ken away is the of­fence un­der which most peo­ple are charged. In 2014, 7,483 peo­ple were pe­nalised for “tail gat­ing”, 8,134 in 2015, 8,352 in 2016 and 1,182 till Fe­bru­ary 2017. The to­tal amount of money col­lected from “tail gat­ing” of­fence be­tween 2014-2017 amounts to Rs 5,030,200. The data fur­ther re­veals that out of the 16 of­fences for which DMRC pe­nalises pas­sen­gers, the third high­est of­fence in terms of vi­o­la­tion is “cre­at­ing nui­sance, drunk­en­ness, quar­relling, sit­ting on the floor and spit­ting” for which DMRC charges a fine of Rs 200. Ap­prox­i­mately 6,200 peo­ple were pe­nalised un­der this of­fence in 2014, 4,804 in 2015, 6,612 in 2016 and 4,051 in 2017, with the to­tal amount of fine col­lected be­ing Rs 6,541,400 be­tween 2014-2017. Other com­mon of­fences are re­turn jour­ney, de­fac­ing Metro prop­erty, ob­struct­ing Metro of­fi­cials’ work, un­law­ful en­try and walk­ing on Metro tracks, mis­us­ing alarm, trav­el­ling with­out ticket, smok­ing etc.

As per an­other RTI filed by Mo­hit K. Gupta, a Delhi- based ad­vo­cate, though the amount of money re­im­bursed by DMRC to its of­fi­cials by way of “Tele­phone and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­penses” runs into lakhs, there is no in­for­ma­tion about the spe­cific mo­bile num­bers and hold­ers who use it.

In an RTI re­ply, DMRC said, “Spe­cific mo­bile num­bers al­lot­ted or used by of­fi­cials in DMRC (with names and num­bers al­lot­ted) to which they are en­ti­tled to re­im­burse­ments from public money is not avail­able in the de­sired for­mat with DMRC.”

The RTI fur­ther sug­gests a copy of DMRC’s di­rec­tory can re­veal the of­fi­cial con­tact de­tails of its of­fi­cials, but Gupta said, “How will we know how much re­im­burse­ment is be­ing made against which num­ber and who is us­ing that al­lot­ted num­ber? How can we our­selves de­ter­mine whether the amount of money be­ing paid to of­fi­cials from public money is equiv­a­lent to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices that of­fi­cials are pro­vid­ing?” He added: “The DMRC should ex­plain how much money is be­ing spent on re­im­burse­ments and also tele­phone and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­penses.”

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