News UpdatesDecongestion Of Prisons: Courts Are Not Supposed To Act As Mere Post-Offices Says Bombay HC In PIL Seeking Early Disposal Of 14000+ Bail Applications [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap26 May 2020 9:47 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday passed directions while hearing two PILs alleging laxity on part of the state government in ensuring safe and early release of some 14,000 prisoners negligible to be released as per directions of the State High Power Committee dated May 11, 2020.Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice KK Tated directed Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday passed directions while hearing two PILs alleging laxity on part of the state government in ensuring safe and early release of some 14,000 prisoners negligible to be released as per directions of the State High Power Committee dated May 11, 2020.Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice KK Tated directed Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare to take instructions from the State regarding testing of inmates who came in contact with any of the 158 inmates who tested positive for Covid-19 at Arthur Road Prison.In its order, the HPC directed the release of 50% of the 37,192 prisoners in the State, which is more than 18,500 inmates. Appearing on behalf of both the petitioners People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Archana Rupwate, Senior Advocate Mihir Desai raised various contentions before the Court. Firstly, he referred to the recommendations made by the High Powered Committee, chaired by Justice AA Sayed, to decongest the Correctional Homes of its inmates to prevent spread of infection. Desai argued that although the State has taken steps to bring down the number of inmates by following the guidelines issued by the High Powered Committee, more than 14,000 bail applications are pending before diverse criminal courts. Since the judicial officers presiding over such courts are required to issue directions for release of undertrial prisoners for a fixed number of days based on the guidelines, keeping such large number of applications pending tends to frustrate the purpose for which the HPC came to be constituted in terms of the Supreme Court’s order dated March 23.Thus, Desai prayed for appropriate directions to the relevant courts for early disposal of such applications. The bench refused to pass directions in this regard and observed-“Even though the High Powered Committee has delineated categories of under-trial prisoners who would be entitled to release on interim bail, we are of the opinion that the relevant courts are not supposed to act as mere post-offices and allow applications without application of mind. We have no doubt in our mind that in the light of the guidelines issued by the High Powered Committee, the relevant courts, to the best of its ability and with the resources available at its disposal, have been striving to take appropriate steps to dispose of as many applications for bail as possible in accordance with law and in the light of the guidelines.”Secondly, Desai contended that 158 inmates of Arthur Road have tested positive for Covid-19 and since the spread of the said virus is by way of transmission from one to the other, there is an imminent need to have other inmates of Arthur Road, who might have come into contact with the Covid-19 positive inmates, tested, so as to prevent further spread of the infection. Moreover, Desai argued that even though family members of a Covid-19 positive inmates are informed in other prisons, there is no system in place to inform family members of inmates at Arthur Road. Also, personal meetings of inmates with their family members/relatives have been stopped and presently there is no system in place by which interaction between the inmates and their family members/relatives is possible. Thus, concerned authorities may be directed to ensure that each inmate can at least establish contact with his/her family members/relatives through two phone calls per week. PP Thakare referred to a memo dated May 24, 2020 issued by the Additional Director General of Police & Inspector General of Prisons & Correctional Services, Maharashtra State, Pune. Video Conferencing facilities are being arranged so that the inmates can at least establish contact and talk to their family members/relatives, he said.However, Desai argued there is no certainty as to when the VC facility would be commissioned. Till such time it is commissioned, allowing two phone calls a week would ensure to the benefit of the inmates in these trying times, Desai urged the Court.Court said-“We trust that the contents of the memo dated May 24, 2020 shall be given full effect by the Correctional Home authorities. However, having regard to the uncertainties of connectivity, an additional facility of allowing the inmates to reach out to their family members/relatives by making phone calls could be allowed till such time Video Conferencing facilities are commissioned and even thereafter, if there is lack of connectivity.”Finally, Desai raised another grievance regarding the system of transmitting money by money orders having been discontinued presently, the family members/relatives of the inmates of the Correctional Homes are no longer in a position to provide money to them for purchase of essentials from the canteens of the Correctional Homes and, therefore, separate bank accounts for all the inmates ought to be opened where deposits can be made by such family members/relatives of the inmates. PP Thakare informed the Court that a circular dated April 8, 2020 provides for every Jailor to open a bank account and give all particulars for facilitating deposits. The bench observed-“Having read such circular, we direct the Correctional Homes authorities to implement the instruction therein immediately. The bank account number as well as all other requisite particulars for transfer of money shall be displayed by the Correctional Homes authorities on their website for information of all concerned. Once deposits are made by the family members/relatives of any inmate in such a bank account, the same shall be utilized in a manner that benefits him, according to law.”The matter was adjourned for two weeks and the next date of hearing is June 9, 2020.State’s General Report The Additional Director General Of Police and Inspector General of Prisons & Correctional Services, Pune submitted a general report before the Court. The report states that prisons in Maharashtra are already overcrowded and so a manageable number of prisoners considering the current scenario would be 16,000 inmates. Moreover, in order to avoid the spread of the deadly virus in prisons, eight overcrowded prisons namely Arthur Road, Thane, Yerwada, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Kalyan and Byculla have been locked down. Also, special attention is being paid to vulnerable categories of prisoners, for example- older prisoners, pregnant women, those suffering from asthma, diabetes etc, the report states.Furthermore, the Court was informed that online money transactions are allowed for inmates in the current scenario and cost of diet, medicine and hygiene products is being borne by the State.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
For people interested in starting a new food business, the University of Georgia will offer a two-day workshop in Tifton, Ga. Farm to Fork: Making the Connection will be held Nov. 1 and 2 at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory. The program will cover business planning and financing, formulation and packaging, and distribution and sales. Participants will learn legal and regulatory issues and develop food-defense plans. Experts with UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development will discuss quality and food safety concerns. Participants will leave with a personalized score card detailing their business development progress.The Nov. 1 workshop will last 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 one will last 9 a.m. to noon. NESPAL is located at 2360 Rainwater Road in Tifton, Ga. Preregistration is required. Scholarships are available for the first 40 participants who apply. Registration includes lunch Nov. 1, as well as beverage breaks and snacks on both days. The workshop is sponsored by UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness. To register or for more information, go to the website www.areg.caes.uga.edu/#farmtofork .
By John Burton SEA BRIGHT – As the borough continues its long journey toward restoration and rebuilding after the devastation of Sandy, discussions are beginning to outline what changes should be made to the borough’s downtown business district.“What we’re envisioning is a total redevelopment of the downtown area,” Borough Councilman C. Read Murphy said.Discussions on what would or should be done to the commercial area “is really preliminary.” While there hasn’t been any formal discussion about it yet, Murphy said there have been very informal talks about what the future should look like.What is being floated mostly involves the western side of Ocean Avenue/ Highway 36 to be reserved for a stretch of local businesses.Murphy said, first and foremost, any plan would have to address revised elevation for any rebuilding that might occur.Borough officials are awaiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcement regarding new elevation requirements to try to prevent a reoccurrence of the flooding and damage caused by the late October storm and its accompanying tidal surge. That announcement is expected at any time now, Murphy said.Preliminary talks have centered around having a possible elevation that is 15 feet higher than the current standard as the benchmark for future development, the councilman said. There also has been preliminary discussions about erecting an elevated boardwalk in front of the elevated business.The plan is expected to encourage mixed-use development, combining retail and other businesses with residential units on upper floors, Murphy said.“We haven’t nailed any of this down yet,” Murphy stressed.As for any future redevelopment, “We’re looking at a myriad of different ways of doing that,” including possible public/private partnerships, he said.“We’ve had assurances from the governor (Chris Christie) and lieutenant governor (Kim Guadagno) that they’ll assist us and aid us in this process,” Murphy said.Calls this week to the governor’s office seeking comment were not returned.Northshore Menswear on Ocean Avenue was destroyed during the storm. Its owner, Brian George, has temporarily relocated to Rumson but expects to be back in the borough by March 1.He acknowledged there is a plan but that could be as far away as two years.“The main thing right now is to get the businesses opened” by the all-important summer season, George said.Many of the buildings have been so severely damaged that they have been condemned and will have to be rebuilt. Others will require substantial work to get them ready for businesses to return, George said.The possible plans he has heard about for a future downtown meet with his approval.“Absolutely,” he said, indicating it would create a picturesque, “Nantucket-ish” look with its design.
By Liz Sheehan |MONMOUTH BEACH – While beachgoers heading to and from the beach on a recent Sunday all looked the same – laden with chairs, towels and even surfboards – they definitely weren’t. Some had paid to use the beach and others had not.A booth sits at the foot of the ramp across the seawall in the parking lot of the bathing pavilion. Here beachgoers can choose to show a seasonal badge or buy a daily pass and head to the left. Or they can head to the right and use the public beach for free.A seasonal or daily pass includes the use of the bathing pavilion and the lifeguard-protected beach. The free beach is unprotected and has no bathroom facilities, save for one portable toilet located near the entrance ramp.There are four free public beaches in Monmouth Beach and another six in neighboring Sea Bright.After coming down the ramp to leave the free beach, Mark Perl, Oceanport, packed his beach umbrella on the back of his bicycle for his ride home. “I’ll never pay to go on the beach,” he said. His choice of a bicycle was wise as there were no parking spaces anywhere near the beach at midday that Sunday.Although Perl said he would never pay for the beach, he probably already has, through his taxes. Hector Mosely, a public information staff member for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that, prior to Super Storm Sandy, the federal government provided around 65 percent of the funds for the rebuilding of beaches, with the state and boroughs paying the other 35 percent. After Sandy, the funds for the beach restoration were paid only by the federal government.Mosely said $75 million was spent on beach replenishment in Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright prior to the storm, with $26 million spent since the October 2012 hurricane.Sea Bright Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the towns are required to provide some public access beaches because of the beach renovation funds paid by the federal government.Mark Perl of Oceanport spent a day at the free public access beach right next to the paid beach at the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion.Parking can be a problem for all beachgoers in Monmouth Beach. Another bicycle rider, Gay Lowden of Fair Haven, said she drives to Long Branch, leaves her car at a friend’s house there, and rides a bike to Monmouth Beach.The town sells a parking pass for $40 a season that can be used at the bathing pavilion parking lot and another parking lot a short block from the beach between Surf Road and Valentine Street, but parking is not guaranteed. Some of the streets in the town are marked as no parking, and on sunny summer weekends it is a challenge to locate a parking place.Lowden said she usually comes to the beach between 3 and 5 p.m. for a swim but admits that paying for admission to the beach is really expensive. “I am a single mother,” she said.“It’s our ocean,” Lowden said, adding that New Jersey “is the only place you have to pay to get on the beach.”Stefanie Fishbein, Shrewsbury, who was leaving the beach, said she had not been aware that a free beach was next to the one she had paid to use.That public beach has no sign indicating it is free, or that it has public access. Neither do the three other free public access beaches in the town – at Cottage Road, at Central Road, and across from the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center. Instead there are signs placed on some of the platforms on top of the seawall stating the beach is unprotected, but these can be difficult to spot.The borough places traffic cones to mark the pedestrian crossings on Ocean Avenue to three of its free beaches and has a police force member and a traffic light at the crossing that leads to the free beach at the bathing pavilion. At the cultural center there are three portable toilets in the parking lot for the free beachgoers.The public access beaches in Sea Bright are clearly marked as “Public Access” on the front of the steps that cross the seawall to the beach and are easily spotted by those driving by.But parking is also an issue for those going to the public access beaches in Sea Bright. One person who uses the public access beaches there advised that it is best to come early or late in the day to find a parking spot.Starting from the southern end of Sea Bright, the public access beaches in the town are located at 1500 Ocean Ave., across from the Sunrise/Ocean Reef Condominiums; 9 1/2 Tradewinds Lane, inside the Tradewinds complex; across from 640 Ocean Ave.; across from 568 Ocean Ave.; across from 314 Ocean Ave. and Oceanfront Restaurant/Beachwalk; and across from 224 Ocean Ave., Via Ripa.This article was first published in the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
“We will prepare as hard as we can and won’t go to China as tourists,” Guiao told the Inquirer.Host China is in a relatively lighter group compared to the Filipinos, as the Chinese will play Ivory Coast, Venezuela and Poland in Group A in Beijing.Argentina is in Group B with Russia, South Korea and Nigeria, even as 2006 winner Spain leads Group C featuring Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Yeng Guiao coaches Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.basketballTeam Philippines didn’t exactly land in a group where there’s no tomorrow as far as the World Cup in China is concerned, and Gilas coach Yeng Guiao vowed that the Filipinos will compete “to give a good account of ourselves.”Bracketed with Angola, Italy and 2014 runner-up Serbia in Group D, Gilas Pilipinas will be up against some pretty tough competition in Foshan, but Guiao did not necessarily describe it as a group of death. However, he said: “We’re the overwhelming underdogs against any of those teams.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Steady pulse LATEST STORIES Team Philippines will be making a second straight appearance in the World Cup slated Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, and Guiao said the team will go to China with the “mind-set that we can win some games.” And he has set his sights on one team in particular.“Angola is the best chance that we have of winning a game,” he said of the African nation. The Philippines last World Cup victory was an 81-79 overtime decision over Senegal in the 2014 edition in Seville, Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTeam USA, the heavy favorite which is aiming to become the first country to win the World Cup three straight times, is in Group F together with Turkey, the Czech Republic and Japan.Top Asian team Australia, which will make its 12th straight appearance in the World Cup, is in Group H in the company of Canada, Senegal and Lithuania. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director View comments
Man Utd Treble winner Ronny Johnsen returning to managementby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Ronny Johnsen has returned to management.Johnsen is to become the new manager of his local club FK Eik Tønsberg from the start of next season, reports Tønsbergs Blad.Johnsen made 150 appearances for United but at the age of 50 is set to embark on the first coaching job of his career.FK Eik Tønsberg currently play in the fourth division in Norway. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Dabo Swinney Clemson CadenceYesterday was a pretty big day at Clemson. The Tigers had their annual spring game in the afternoon, and at night, country music star and Clemson alum Lee Brice played a show at Littlejohn Coliseum.Before Brice’s music career took off, he was a long snapper for the Tigers, so of course he’s a huge Clemson football fan. At his show last night, Brice had CU head coach Dabo Swinney join him on-stage and lead the crowd in the Clemson cadence count.Here’s some video of the moment:Dabo leading the way before lee brice last night!!! Awesome day in tiger town!!! @ClemsonTom #TigerNation #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/0Y2wJi6Aqq— Bo Cooley (@BCool32) April 12, 2015Swinney also found time to take a selfie with a fan. Seems like he had a fun night.Selfie with the Head Coach of the Tigers ole Dabo at the @leebrice #HappyMan pic.twitter.com/E9o9164yWY— Gage Lawson (@GageLawson15) April 12, 2015
Story Highlights “We’re going to also have these practice materials online (on) an exclusive website. All materials necessary for assisting in preparing our students, as well as teachers to deliver the National Standards Curriculum (NSC) and PEP, are going to be made available to the society,” he pointed out. Parents of students sitting the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) are being assured that enough materials will be provided to adequately prepare students for the upcoming examination. Speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Portmore at the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) headquarters on Ruthven Road in Kingston on September 19, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said sample items and practice materials are to be made available to the education system and will be accessible free of cost. Parents of students sitting the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) are being assured that enough materials will be provided to adequately prepare students for the upcoming examination.Speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Portmore at the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) headquarters on Ruthven Road in Kingston on September 19, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said sample items and practice materials are to be made available to the education system and will be accessible free of cost.“We’re going to also have these practice materials online (on) an exclusive website. All materials necessary for assisting in preparing our students, as well as teachers to deliver the National Standards Curriculum (NSC) and PEP, are going to be made available to the society,” he pointed out.The NSC aims to enhance the quality of education offered to learners and improve the general academic performance, attitude and behaviour of students, which will redound to the positive shaping of the national, social and economic fabric.The curriculum, which is learner-centred and emphasises problem-solving skills, will help to realise the mantra of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information that ‘every child can learn… every child must learn’.Addressing the concerns of some parents who had purchased workbooks designed for the obsolete Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), the Minister insisted that students will have “limited preparation in utilising those books for PEP”.He urged parents not to panic, as the Ministry will “provide the core curriculum texts for the (primary school) system”.Senator Reid said he has instructed the Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean, to investigate “how wrong information might have gotten out there”.“I got one particular complaint from a primary school where it has been alleged that a secretary sent out the wrong information. However, this is an isolated incident and not general. I want parents and the parent-teacher associations (PTAs) to be vigilant to ensure that schools are conforming to the Ministry’s directives,” he said.The PEP replaces the GSAT as the national secondary-school entrance test and is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.It comprises a Performance Task, Ability Test and a Curriculum-based Test. Students who entered grade six in September 2018 will comprise the first PEP cohort.The Education Ministry has been training teachers for implementation of the examination.
BN Yugandhar, the legendary ex-Director of our Academy passed away after a prolonged illness at a government hospital on September 13, 2019, at Hyderabad. His last rites were performed by his son Satya Nadella at Mahaprasthanam, in the simplest possible and fitting manner. Some newspapers commented that very few IAS officers were present at his funeral. He and his family wanted it that way. As the Hindu reported, The 1962-batch IAS officer, who passed away at the age of 82 on Friday, scaled heights in an illustrious career but carried them with least frills and great modesty. He strictly went by the rulebook and managed to steer clear of controversy. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyA remembrance meeting for him was held at the campus he headed, and in the auditorium that he had conceptualised last Monday. Tributes had started pouring in from across batches, services and cadres and political leaders he had worked with (although the most influential person he worked for, PV Narasimha Rao, had pre-deceased him). Vice President Venkaiah Naidu wrote: “Saddened by the demise of former bureaucrat, late BN Yugandhar. He was an upright and committed officer who worked for the upliftment of the marginalised sections of society and to improve life in rural India.” Also Read – The future is here!He had trained a generation of civil servants at the Academy, first as a Deputy Director in the ’70s, and later as the Director from 1988 to 1993. However, his involvement in the life of the Academy commenced from his days as a probationer, for he was elected as the President of the Mess Committee, who in many ways is the representative of the batch. His batchmate NR Krishnan recalls Yugi as one who ‘believed in laying down broad goals and objectives’. Another ex-colleague Amitabha Bhattacharya wrote, ‘fortunately the Academy has been steered in critical junctures by sagacious administrators like BN Yugandhar, thereby making it a premier training institution for civil servants’. JVR Prasad Rao, former Union Health Secretary said he ‘was inspired by his Never Say Die approach, incorrigible optimism and above all a tremendous sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by his admirers.’ Shanta Sheela Nair described him as a ‘Tough task-master who taught us the value of hard, relentless work and the pursuit of anti-poverty measures with selfless passion and deep commitment.’ My batchmate R Subhramanyam, who had a very close association and bonding with him, wrote, ‘As the Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, the training ground of young IAS officers, he turned the place around. New buildings came up, infrastructure was upgraded: and more importantly, a new purpose was drilled into the IAS officers – to be proactive, upright, empathic and strong. Never to stop, he re-wrote the development story of the country standing with legends like SR Sankaran. A new creed of positive and proactive administration was unveiled. It was the poor who attracted his attention. He always said, “Focus on the poor, others can take care of themselves.” And, we were enriched by his vision. Society emerged much stronger, better administered, more educated and prosperous.’ Those whom he trained had a very special love and affection for him. My colleague and Special Director, Arti Ahuja in a fitting tribute wrote ‘He drummed into us the values of empathy, discipline and non-tolerance of mediocrity and “Chalta Hai”, never for a moment making us feel that we were a privileged lot. These values stood “Yugandhar’s Probationer” in good stead in the years ahead.’ A short movie on the life and times of this legendary bureaucrat based on archival material available at the Academy and short video clips sent by his colleagues and trainees was screened, and a slim volume listing the resolutions and messages from across the country was published. Floral tributes were offered by employees who had worked with him, and what was remarkable was a recollection of the keen interest he had in the welfare and betterment of those who were at the margins everywhere. No wonder the Mess workers and their families were amongst those who were most saddened by this loss. Two additional secretaries, both his trainees, V Srinivas from the Department of AR & PG and K Srinivas from the Department of Personnel and Training, flew in to pay their tributes in person. V Srinivas wrote ‘BN Yugandhar was the man who instilled the love for land reforms in IAS probationers, established the Land Reforms Unit at the Academy, had an incredible commitment to implementing the celling laws, protection of tenancy rights and protection of common lands and temple lands. “The torch of justice must burn bright,” he would often say. It was by listening to his eloquence and erudition of the subject that I learnt that “Revenue Law is a subject of great beauty with tremendous spiritual strength.”‘ K Srinivas wrote ‘Words fail! Diro lives on in our hearts, thoughts & actions that he inspired in us. May he continue to inspire us & I pray to God to grant eternal salvation to a soul that has truly evolved. May he become one with the mountains of Jaunsar Bawar & vast India that he truly loved.’ Last, but not the least, the Central IC&AS Association tweeted: ‘BN Yugandhar was a man who became a legend in his lifetime. He will live on, and the Academy commits itself to carry forward his work, especially in the domain of Rural Studies and Land management with a clear focus on land rights for the marginal and small farmers.’ The Academy proposes to name the Centre for Rural Studies as the BN Yugandhar Centre for Rural Studies. (Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: The over 4.2 km-long Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor of the Delhi Metro will be inspected for safety on September 25 paving the way for its opening, officials said on Tuesday. Trial runs on the section had begun a few months ago. This section consists of three stations – Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh. Of the three stations in this corridor, Dwarka and Nangli are elevated ones, while Najafgarh station is underground. “Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) Janak Kumar Garg will inspect the 4.295-km Dwarka-Najafgarh section of Delhi Metro on Wednesday,” a senior DMRC official said. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had earlier said that the corridor is being extended by another 1.18 km till Dhansa Stand which is slated for completion by December 2020. “During the trial runs, the interaction of the metro train with physical infringements (civil structure) were checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track,” the DMRC said. The Delhi Metro’s total operational network at present stands at over 343 km, with multiple corridors and 250 stations having its footprints in various cities neighbouring Delhi. An average of about 28 lakh commuters use the Delhi Metro every day.