DMRC says not having Dustbins at stations prevents Terror Attacks; Delhi HC not convinced

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday told the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) that not having dustbins on metro platforms due to fear of bomb blasts was a very myopic view of security since airports and even railway stations have garbage bins.

The court, which directed the DMRC to examine viability of having spittoons and dustbins on the stations, also asked whether drinking water and toilet facilities were easily available to commuters. “Don’t you have dustbins at airports and bus stations? Can you protect people by not having dustbins? This is a very myopic view of security,” Justice Rajiv Shakdher said.

The court then directed the DMRC to indicate on an affidavit how many toilets and drinking water facilities are available at the metro stations and whether the amenities are generally accessible to commuters. “Show me that the toilets are available and can be easily accessed. Not telling you to redraw your stations,” the court said to DMRC.

The court also issued notice to the Centre, Delhi government and the DMRC, seeking their replies by August 11, the next date of hearing. The orders and observations came on plea of Kush Kalra, a metro commuter who has sought directions to the DMRC to provide safe drinking water, toilets and dustbin facilities to the passengers of Delhi metro.

Advocate Kush Sharma, appearing for Kalra, argued in court that if a commuter was only travelling with a metro card and no money, then he or she will not get a drop of water to drink at any of the stations for free and alleged this was discrimination between those who have money and those who do not.

The court also refused to accept the DMRC’s argument that the non-availability of toilet and water facilities at all stations is due to the reason that journey on the metro is for short duration.