New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to increase the frequency of trains on weekdays (Monday to Friday) during off peak hours i.e. from 11:00 AM to 04:30 PM by inducting twenty more trains into service from the existing train stock from 31st August 2015 (Monday) onwards. The average frequency during off peak hours will be as follows:
- Line-1 (Red Line) Dilshad Garden to Rithala: 4 min 06 sec
- Line-2 (Yellow Line) HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri: 2 min 45 sec
- Line-3/4 (Blue Line) Dwarka Sec-21 to NOIDA City Centre/Vaishali: 2 min 47 sec
- Line-6 (Violet Line) ITO to Badarpur: 4 min 12 sec
The above is being done in view of increasing ridership and after conducting a detailed operational & maintenance study so as to provide additional services to the commuters.
Further, in view of the increased ridership observed by DMRC in earlier years on the day before and on Rakshabandhan itself, the Delhi Metro will also run about 210 extra train trips on 28th August 2015 and on ‘Raksha Bandhan’, i.e. 29th August 2015. In order to operate 210 additional trips, DMRC will deploy additional staff and officers. Routine maintenance of trains will be deferred.
DMRC will also deploy additional personnel at stations to cater to the extra rush of commuters expected on these two days. DMRC will deploy 106 additional shifts of Guards/Customer Facilitation Agents (CFA) at 57 major Metro stations to help and guide commuters on these two days. In addition, extra personnel will also be deployed to handle the increased load on the ticketing system and the Metro ticketing staff on 93 Metro stations will do 146 additional shifts.
The Delhi Metro normally witnesses greater rush of commuters on the eve of Raksha Bandhan Day. In 2014, over 25.5 Lakh passengers travelled on a day before Rakhi by the Metro whereas, over 21.8 lakh travelled on day of Rakhi inspite of being Sunday, whereas average Sunday’s ridership during Rakhi’s month in 2014 was 18.1 lakh.