In a joint pilot test conducted recently by DMRC and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at Rajiv Chowk Metro station in central Delhi, use of alcometers were found to be successful in detecting drunk passengers, an official said.
Alcometer is a device to detect alcohol consumption by analysing breath. "It was found that some passengers who came to the Metro stations drunk claimed that they are on medication and hence they are smelling of alcohol. DMRC gave us few alcometers for testing and it was found successful," a CISF official said.
CISF now has sent a proposal to DMRC for procuring about 130 of these machines. "We have asked DMRC to get more of these devices to be deployed across all stations. The step would ensure passenger safety and bring down instances of wrong behaviour due to alcohol consumption in the Metro," the official said.
The machine will also give a printout of the person's alcohol parameters and serious offenders would be handed over to Delhi police for further action, he said.
CISF and Delhi Metro authorities have increased vigil on station areas and train coaches since last year's December 16 gangrape incident in the national capital and this step is yet another measure to ensure passenger safety, an official said.