Cross at your own risk

ANear Dwarka Sector 21 Metro station

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    Even during the day, Sakshi Kumar is wary of taking the subway near Moolchand Metro station on her own. She waits for her friends before venturing into the poorly lit passageway. To reach the subway, the girls have to first make it through a lonely stretch, running parallel to the BRT corridor.

    In the evenings, the stretch is even more frightening. A few dhabas do business at one end of the service lane leading to the subway. The girls say they walk in perpetual fear that someone mostly delinquents and ragpickers lingering around might follow them as they make their way down the solitary lane.

    "The scary part is that no one would notice if someone attacks you as on one side of the lane are thick bushes and high compound walls and on the other side you have the busy BRT stretch. The stretch makes women feel very vulnerable, especially after dusk," an employee of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing said.

    The state of the subway is even worse it reeks of urine and filth. When Newsline visited the subway, maintained by PWD and approved in 2004, there was no sign of a guard.

    A resident of a government colony nearby said he had seen boys indulging in obscene acts when girls passed their way.

    "My friend has asked her daughter to wait for him or her brother to accompany her through subway and never to take it alone," he said.

    Walking on road safer

    Subways all over world were built with one purpose in mind to ensure safe pedestrian movement and smooth flow of traffic.

    In Delhi, however, pedestrians shy away from these facilities as most of them are poorly maintained, badly lit and unsafe.

    The second subway that Newsline visited in front of Lok Nayak Hospital was no different. Dark and filthy, it resembled a dungeon rather than a safe passageway.

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