NEW DELHI: People who would like to attend the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort today can avail a free metro ride.
Delhi Metro services will start as early as 4:30 am today and complimentary travel coupons will be provided to commuters from all stations to Kashmere Gate and Chandni Chowk who will be travelling to attend the Independence Day function at the Red Fort.
“We aim to facilitate and encourage more and more people to be able to reach the venue in time and attend the Independence day celebrations,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
Complimentary travel coupons will be available with the customer care official and those commuters who will be taking the metro to reach the Red Fort can ask for this coupon for a free ride.
“These complimentary coupons will be made available for passengers getting down at Kashmere Gate and Chandni Chowk station to attend the Independence day celebrations at the Red Fort from 4:30 am to 8 am from all station except the airport line,” the spokesperson said.
Entry and exit from all stations will be as per usual schedule and no restrictions will be imposed. Trains will also be running as per schedule, starting from 4:30 am. However, metro parking lots will remain closed till 2 pm today.
As part of Independence Day celebrations, DMRC organized quiz competitions for commuters at 10 metro stations, including Dwarka Sector 10, Barakhamba Road, NOIDA City Centre, HUDA City Centre, Central Secretariat, Kashmere Gate, Vishwavidyalaya, Shahdara, Tis Hazari and Lajpat Nagar on August 13 and 14.
The commuters were asked Metro-related questions with multiple answering options and given attractive prizes. More than 700 commuters received prizes for participation.
As part of the week-long celebrations, Delhi Metro also organized conducted tours for underprivileged and specially- abled children from various NGOs. Children from three NGOs – Salaam Balak Trust, Prerna Niketan Sangh and Apna Ghar were shown the Metro Museum at Patel Chowk and taken on Metro rides.