New Delhi: In yet another record, Delhi
Metro registered its highest ridership on Friday when it
carried for the first time over 20 lakh people, a target set
by its chief E Sreedharan by the end of this year.
Delhi Metro`s ridership has been increasing steadily for
the past few months and it achieved the significant milestone
yesterday when 20.66 lakh people travelled on the new age
transport system, surpassing the earlier record of 18.30 lakh
people on August one.
This was the first time that DMRC carried over 20 lakh
passengers on a single day thus, fulfilling DMRC Managing
Director Dr E Sreedharan`s dream of achieving this magical
figure five months ahead of his projected target of December
2011," DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.
For the last two months, Delhi Metro has been registering
an increased ridership. The average daily ridership which used
to be 14 lakh in May 2011 jumped to 15 lakh in June 2011 and
further to over 16 lakh in July 2011.
The Delhi Metro network which was just 87 kms in January
2010 added another 100 kms in a period of over next one year
and has been considered as one of the fastest Metro expansion
in the world.
DMRC today spans over a network of 187 Kms and 143 Metro
stations including the Airport Line.
Yesterday, the over-crowded Dwarka Sec 21-Noida/Vaishali
Line registered the highest ridership with over 7.98 lakh
people travelling on it which was closely followed by the
Jehangirpuri-Gurgaon Line at over 7.14 lakh.
The Rithala-Dilshad Garden Line registered a ridership of
3.33 lakh, while the Badarpur-Central Secretariat corridor saw
1.60 lakh people.
Delhi Metro has projected its ridership to reach 20 lakh
by the end of 2011.