Delhi Metro to have 89 six coach trains by next year

More passengers could travel in a Delhi Metro train from next year with the DMRC converting 89 four coach trains into six coach ones.

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2010, 23:24 PM IST

New Delhi: More passengers could travel
in a Delhi Metro train from next year with the DMRC converting
89 four coach trains into six coach ones.

A Delhi Metro official said they were adding more
trains to its fleet from next year and also converting
several four coach trains into six coach ones, each of which
will be able to carry about 600 more passengers per trip.
"At present, DMRC has 129 train sets and by the end of
2011 the fleet will have 201 trains. Out of 201 train sets,
112 trains will have four coaches and 89 trains will have six
coaches," the official said.

DMRC has placed the order for procuring extra coaches
in the combination of Motor car and Trailer car, which will be
coupled with the four coach trains to make them six coach
trains.

The official said the extra coaches will start
arriving from this year end and will be coupled with the
existing trains for conversion.

"The coupling requires about 2-3 days and then the
trains are tested for interface with the existing system like
signaling, interchange and crossovers," he said.
Two trains have already been converted into six coach
prototype trains and they are under testing in two maintenance
depots.

"The additional coaches would be able to carry about
600 more passengers per trip. A four coach train has a
carrying capacity ranging from 1,200to 1,500. The six coach
train will carry about 1800 to 2100 passengers per trip," the
official said.

On Jehangirpuri ? HUDA city Centre (Line 2), 14 trains
will be added into the system making the existing fleet of 44
trains into 58 train sets. Out of 58 trains, 51 trains will be
six coach trains and seven will be four coach trains.

On Line 3 and 4 (Dwarka- NOIDA and Yamuna Bank-Anand
Vihar), three more trains will be added to make the existing
fleet of 61 trains into 64 train sets.

Thirty-six trains will have six coaches and 28 trains
will have four coaches each. Six train sets will be added in
the existing fleet of 25 train sets on Dilshad Garden-Rithala
(Line 1).

The standard gauge Lines 5 (Inderlok-Mundka)and 6
(Central Sectt-Badarpur) have 42 train sets and six more
trains will be added on these lines.

Out of 48 train sets only 2 trains will be converted
into six coach trains for CTST-Badarpur line.

After completion of Phase II the metro network will be
185 kms (approx) and the ridership will be about 20 lakhs.

PTI