DMRC botches up name & hikes price to correct it.
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
The " movement" for the name change
started in May 2010 when the residents found they were facing
problems directing people to their homes.
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.
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
" 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.
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
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
Vedpal said they are now mulling over
legal options to sort the matter out.
station named Arjan Garh is actually situated in Aya Nagar.
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