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DMRC botches up name & hikes price to correct it.

THE puzzled residents of Aya Nagar never

understood why a Metro station in their locality was named Arjan

Garh. When they requested for change of name, they were told by DMRC

officials in an RTI reply that it would cost ` 2,48,000. The same

agency, in a new RTI, now says it will cost " ` 5 crore to ` 6

crore". Aya Nagar RWA president Vedpal explained how this situation

came about. Metro officials had said the station was to be initially

built a few hundred metres from its present location -- near the Air

Force base in Arjan Garh. However, it realised this would not benefit

anyone since there weren't any townships there, only a dense jungle.

So while the location was moved to Aya Nagar, the name remained

unchanged.

The " movement" for the name change

started in May 2010 when the residents found they were facing

problems directing people to their homes.

" Not

only was it difficult to give directions, but we also felt that our

locality had no character with a station named after an Air Force

base, located further away," Vedpal said.

Replying

to the first RTI seeking information about the costs of changing the

name, DMRC's public information officer wrote: " The total cost for

changing one station name involves recording studio fees for all the

recorded message components, installation at all sites tests and

commissioningC* would be approximately ` 2,48,000." Vedpal said the

residents were willing to bear the entire cost and approached CM

Sheila Dikshit requesting her to speed up the

process.

" She assured us that a committee would

be constituted to look into the matter," he added.

Another resident then filed a second RTI seeking information on the

progress, under the chairmanship of the principal secretary- cum-

commissioner of the transport department.

The

department informed him that a meeting was held between officials of

the transport department, the planning division and the DMRC and it

was decided that besides Arjan Garh, the names of three others

stations -- Ashoka Park Main to Ram Pura, Suraj Mal Stadium to

Maharaja Suraj Mal Stadium and Udyog Nagar to Jwala Puri -- would be

changed.

However, during the meeting O. P. Singh,

chief project manager of the DMRC, said: " The cost implementation on

a station such as Arjan Garh where 52 trains are running will be

around ` 5 crore to ` 6 crore." Aya Nagar residents are baffled by

how the cost escalated from less than ` 3 lakh to ` 6 crore in under

two years.

Vedpal said they are now mulling over

legal options to sort the matter out.

The Metro

station named Arjan Garh is actually situated in Aya Nagar.

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