In order to keep human interference to the minimum, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), has removed the token selling counters from 70 of the 164 operational Metro stations in the city.
Officials said in the coming days, ticket counters will be done away at more stations and token will be dispensed from Token Vending Machines (TVMs) only.
However, officials said, tokens will still be available for purchase from the customer care centres. The main aim, they said, was to discouraged human interference in the ticket sale process and instead promote the use of machines installed at Metro stations.
Some of the stations from where DMRC has already removed token counters are Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Jor Bagh, Akshardham, Mayur Vihar I, Mandi House and Barakhamba Road.
The DMRC has 216 token vending machines, and is in the process of adding 215 more to take the total number to 431 machines. Earlier, people were reluctant in using the machine as getting change was a task.
But ever since DMRC revised its fares in May this year and with a second fare revision due in October, the fares will be in round figures.
“As part of DMRC’s automation efforts as well as to encourage easy payment options, Token Vending Machines (TVMs) are being installed at all Metro stations. At some stations, ticket office machine (TOMs) have been replaced by TVMs, but the commuters have the option to go to the customer care centres to manually purchase tokens in case they so desire. This facility of purchasing tokens or recharging smart cards manually will continue to be available at the customer care centres of all stations,” said Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson.
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The move also comes amid complaints of ticket counter operators cheating passengers, by not returning exact change. The staff, most of who are hired by contractors, are being removed in phases as automation steps in.
“At many stations, DMRC staff is present to assist passengers in getting tokens from the machines. Passengers will be sensitised about the use of such machines. In a city like Delhi, everything should be automated. The machine will also help card users to recharge their cards. However, at stations that are connected to railway stations and bus terminals, where we expect a lot of first time travellers, token counters will continue to operate,” said a DMRC official.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to serve a showcause notice to the Ryan International School’s Bhondsi branch, where a Class II student was found murdered last week, seeking an explanation why the school’s affiliation should not be revoked. According to sources, the Board’s decision is based on the findings of the two-member fact-finding committee, which submitted its report on Friday evening. The showcause notice is expected to be issued to the school authorities by Saturday evening.
As per CBSE’s affiliation bye-laws, the deadline for responding to a disaffiliation notice cannot exceed a month. As first reported by The Indian Express on September 16, the panel in its report had flagged several violations of the Board’s safety guidelines by the school. The panel had objected to bus drivers and conductors using the toilets meant for students. It also highlighted the breach in the school boundary wall (covered with barbed wires) which, the committee observed, is a threat to children’s safety as anybody can enter the campus.
The report flagged the insufficient number of CCTV cameras on school premises and also pointed out that most of the installed cameras don’t work. Giving examples of how the school administration had compromised on students’ safety, the panel observed that only three out of five floors of the school building were used for teaching purposes and students had access to unused classrooms and the terrace, which were not locked. The committee also found the electricity panel room unlocked which, it observed, could prove to be dangerous for children on campus. Further, the two members did not find either a ramp or special toilets for the differently abled students.
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CBSE had set up the committee on September 8 amid angry protests by parents, who had sought action against the school management for alleged neglect which could have compromised safety and led to the murder of the Class II student. On the committee were Y Arun Kumar, deputy commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, regional office Agra, and Kailash Chand, principal, Govt Co-ed Senior Secondary School, Preet Vihar. The committee visited the school campus this week and submitted its report Friday evening
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a students’ convention to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address and Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya centenary celebrations.
The theme of the convention is ‘Young India, New India’.
Here are live updates of Modi’s speech:
-- More than being in search of a Guru, Swami Vivekananda was in search of the truth.
-- Swami Vivekananda said that only rituals will not connect an individual to divinity...he said ‘Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva’.
-- Swami Vivekananda raised his voice against the social evils that has entered our society.
-- Just with a few words, a youngster from India won over the world and showed the world the power of oneness. The 9/11 of 1893 was about love, harmony and brotherhood.
-- Today is 9/11...this day became widely spoken about after 2001 but there was another 9/11 of 1893 which we remember. 125 years ago, there was a 9/11, when a young man from the country, wearing ‘gerua-vastra’, which the world wasn’t acquainted with, says PM Modi as he pays tribute to Swami Vivekananda.
11.25am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins addressing a convention of students.
-- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet: “This speech by Swami Vivekananda, delivered on this day in 1893, continues to reverberate & inspire generations.”
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