New Delhi: Faced with ever-increasing rush,
Delhi Metro will introduce the much-needed six-coach trains by
the end of December on the busy Dwarka-Noida Line.
It is also adding more trains on the Gurgaon line, which
witnessed a serious technical glitch last week.
Raj Kumar, Director (Operations), Delhi Metro, said the
much-awaited six-coach trains will be introduced in a month`s
time on the Line 3 (Dwarka Sec 21-Noida City Centre), which
sees a footfall of over six lakh on a weekday.
"The six-coach trains will be in place in a month`s time.
First it will be introduced on Line 3 and subsequently six
coach trains will also come up on Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-
Gurgaon)," he said.
The six-coach trains will be a big relief for commuters,
especially after one coach was reserved exclusively for women
on all Metro trains. Over-crowding is a major problem in
Metro, especially during evening and morning rush hours.
As part of its efforts to increase the efficiency of
trains on the Line 2, more trains are being converted to the
Automatic Train Operation mode.
The Line 2 carries almost 7 lakh passengers a day and the
Delhi Metro has added three more trains on the line taking the
number of trains to 45, Kumar said.
"Two more trains will be added within a month. On Line 2,
more and more trains are being converted to the Automatic
Train Operation (ATO) mode from the Automatic Train Protection
(ATP) mode to increase their efficiency.
"At present, 17 trains are running on ATO on this
corridor and the remaining trains will also be converted to
ATO in the next four to five months," he said.
The Gurgaon line witnessed the worst-ever technical
glitch last week when train services on the line were
disrupted for over four hours during the evening peak hours
after the Over-Head Electrification (OHE) system failed.
After the incident, DMRC chief E Sreedharan appointed a
high-level committee to go into the incident and suggest steps
to prevent such incidents in the future.
Delhi Metro has also sought engineers and experts from
Switzerland to look into the technical glitches.
Commenting on the frequent problems on OHE, Kumar said
the DMRC draws power from nine substations at Kashmere Gate,
New Delhi, Jahangirpuri, Indraprastha, Botanical Garden,
Sarita Vihar, Chattarpur, HUDA City Centre and Mundka.
With one more power sub station coming up at Park Street,
the total number of sub-stations will go up to ten.
Kumar also said the Metro has taken special measures to
tackle crowd at the Rajiv Chowk station, which is the most
crowded station on the network.
He said three more escalators have been commissioned at
the Rajiv Chowk Metro station as a crowd control measure,
taking the total number of escalators in this station to nine.
"As a special measure to decongest Rajiv Chowk between 7
PM and 8 PM, about four to five train trips are carried empty
from Central Secretariat to Rajiv Chowk so that the office
hour rush at Rajiv Chowk can be effectively cleared," he said.
He said some cases of thefts of cables have taken place
in the Delhi Metro system from time to time.
"Each train has about 35 kilometres of cables and each
Metro station about 150 kilometres of cables running through
them," he said.
"Yesterday, there was damage to cables near Jasola on the
Central Secretariat?Sarita Vihar corridor by rats who cut the
cables. The DMRC has been using pest control measures to
control the same," Kumar said.
Delhi Metro`s ridership has been increasing ever since
operations on the Phase-II lines began in November last year
and it currently carries 16 lakh passengers a day traversing
over 150 km in the National Capital Region.