Wednesday, February 21

Delhi Metro: A Few Gates May Be Closed In Stations Amid Farmers Protest

Edited by Aishwarya Krishnan

As the farmers’ protest makes its way into the national capital, the Modi government is tightening up security everywhere to maintain law and order.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) announced that in view of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ protests, a few gates may be closed in selected stations, as part of safety measures. However, the stations will be operational but the gates may remain closed.

Central Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Janpath, Khan Market and Lok Kalyan Marg are some of the stations listed by DMRC whose gates might be closed in lieu of the protests.

The DMRC advised commuters to plan their journey accordingly, adding, “Further update on station closures (if any) shall be intimated.”

The police authorities have deployed barricades, concrete slabs, barbed wires and iron nails along with para military forces at Punjab-Haryana Shambu border. Tear gas was deployed when farmers tried to break the barricades set up at the border.

Farmers all over from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are pressing the government to fulfil its promise of legally guaranteeing minimum support price (MSP). Section 144 has been imposed in the Union Capital, restricting entry of tractor trolleys and large gatherings. The other demands include farmer loan waivers and the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations.