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HC raps DMRC for charging money for drinking water

The Delhi High Court rapped the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), when it came to the court’s notice that the corporation was charging Rs 1 for a glass of water. The court asked DMRC why it cannot provide basic services such as drinking water for free. The court also admonished DMRC, saying that it was behaving like this since it did not have any competition. Expressing his dismay, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said, “What services you are giving? Where there is no competition, there is no service. If you get a competitor, you will give all the facilities. Why are you charging even Rs one? You should give drinking water for free.”

The court’s response came while hearing a plea filed by a commuter named Kush Kalra. It has been stated in the plea that DMRC does not provide free drinking water and there are no dustbins at any of the stations. Kalra’s advocate said that DMRC should provide free drinking water at metro stations. He also said that the practice of charging commuters for using toilets should be stopped. Some of the metro stations do not even have toilet facilities, he said. DMRC said that toilet facility was not available at 11 metro stations due to lack of space. Kalra has urged the court to direct DMRC to include facilities such as free drinking water, toilet facilities, and dustbins in all future metro projects.

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