New Delhi: In an attempt to tackle passenger rush, a major expansion is on the cards for Delhi Metro with plans to increase the number of trains from 227 at present to 328 by March 2018. The network will also expand from 218km to 348km, with its Phase 3 project almost finished now.
Two upcoming corridors – Magenta Line (Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden) and Pink Line (Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar) – will be commissioned in parts by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) from this October. The two lines will also be fully operational by March next year.
Not only will the number of trains jump by 45%, 690 new coaches will also be added to the current 1,468. Out of these, 504 will be used for the Magenta and Pink Lines, and the 6-coach trains will be converted into 8-coach ones to accommodate more people.
Since the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali) is the network’s busiest, it will get the most number of trains, apart from having nine 8-coach trains added to the 56 current ones. The Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli to HUDA City Centre), which is the second busiest network, will get fourteen 8-coach trains added to the 38 current ones.
The newly opened Violet Line (Kashmere Gate to Escorts Mujesar) along with the Pink and Magenta Lines will only have 6-coach trains as the footfall is comparatively less on these corridors. The Red Line (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) will get its 4-coach trains converted into 6-coach ones, and will have a total of 39 trains soon.
More trains mean more manpower, which is why the DMRC will also add 3,000 more staffers to the current 9,000 ones. These will include customer care executives, train operators, and station controllers.