Delhi Mtero | As many as 33,61,911 commuters availed the Delhi metro on August 17.

 New Delhi:  Delhi Metro ridership breached the 33 lakh mark on the eve of Raksha Bandhan, reaching an all time high, while during the ongoing month of August itself, nine out of the ten daily riderships records of the mass rapid transit have been logged.

As many as 33,61,911 commuters availed the metro on August 17. The Airport Express line had surpassed the daily ridership mark of 50,000 for the first time last Friday.

Providing the breakup, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said the ever busy Blue Line, that connects Dwaraka Sector-21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali, recorded the highest ridership with 12,03,915 passengers.

Yellow line, another busy corridor, which stretches from North Delhi’s Samaypur Badali to Gurgaon’s HUDA City Centre recorded the second highest number of commuters at 11,68,410 while 4,56,427 people took the Red Line that connects Dilshad Garden to Rithala.

The previous year’s record of 3,204,756, recorded on August 28, was broken on August 8 this month when 3,269,413 commuters availed the metro services, fast expanding and emerging as the national capital’s lifeline in the absence of a robust public transport system.

DMRC’s network currently spans around 213 km. It ran 106 extra trips on Wednesday in anticipation of this expected increase in number of users due to the Raksha Bandhan festival, said an official statement.
It is already running extra trips on Saturdays and Sundays during the month to account for the annual trend of an extra rush around this period, due to festivities, commencement of colleges and the monsoons, metro official said.

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