नयी दिल्ली New Delhi: Following the rapidly rising crime graph of the Delhi Metro stations, the city police has decided to open police booths at every Metro station in the capital. The Delhi Metro has witnessed 806 criminal cases like theft and pick-pocketing inside the trains and stations until April 10. The figure for last year during the same period was just 140.
According to police officials, the Delhi Police recently approached the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recommending police booths be set up at 49 stations. The recommendation has been accepted and the DMRC is ready to set up designated booths for the police.
“The presence of a police booth at Metro stations will work as a deterrent. It will help check crime inside the Metro and its premises,” said M.K. Meena, joint commissioner of police.
“Though we have recommended 49 locations, the idea is to cover every Metro station,” Meena said.
The 129 stations host around 25 lakh commuters in the capital each day.
At the moment, there are eight Metro police stations with a total strength of 209 police personnel.
According to the official, the stations which see a ridership of more than 25,000 per day, or are on the borders of Delhi, have been given priority. A few stations which come under this category are Kashmere Gate, Mandi House, Anand Vihar, New Ashok Nagar and Jahangirpuri.
“Strategically located Metro stations like Patel Chowk, Race Course, Udyog Bhawan and AIIMS are also on the list for having police booths,” added Meena.