DMRC introduces six-coach trains

The dream of a more comfortable ride for commuters on the Metro became a reality tonight as the Delhi Metro inducted two six-coach trains on the over-crowded Noida corridor to ease the ever-increasing rush.

New Delhi: The dream of a more comfortable
ride for commuters on the Metro became a reality tonight as
the Delhi Metro inducted two six-coach trains on the
over-crowded Noida corridor to ease the ever-increasing rush.

The two six-coach trains, which were ready for induction
into normal services after exhaustive tests and trials,
started their first journey from the Yamuna Bank station at
9.30 pm towards Dwarka Sec-21.

The two extra coaches in each train can accommodate an
additional 600 passengers per trip.
While the capacity of the four-coach train is 1200 to
1500, a six-coach train can accommodate 1800 to 2100
passengers per trip.

In a month`s time, the Noida Line, which registers a
ridership of over 6 lakh a day, will have six such trains,
gradually turning 39 of the 64 four-coach trains running on
the line into six-coach ones by next year-end, H S Anand,
Director (Rolling Stock), Delhi Metro told reporters at the
Yamuna Bank depot here.

He said the Delhi Metro expects to add another ten lakh
passengers to cross 25-lakh ridership mark within a year.

"Over 25 lakh passengers are expected to use the Metro as
the six-coach train will increase the train`s capacity by next
year," he told PTI in response to a query.

Anand said nearly 10 six-coach trains will run on the
Line 3 (Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida City Centre/Anand Vihar) in the
next two months, after which the six-coach trains will be
introduced on another over-crowded Line 2 (Jehangirpuri to
HUDA City Centre).

By next year-end, 54 trains out of the 60 trains
currently running on the Line 2 will be six-coach ones.
If the traffic continues to increase, Delhiites may see
the even an eight-coach Metro under the Phase III project, he
added.

To facilitate seamless transition, all the operational
trains on these lines have changed their stopping points on
the platforms which have been adjusted to accommodate six-car
trains.

All Metro stations in the national capital are designed
in such a way that they can accommodate a six-coach train.

However, this led to confusion among the commuters and
they also alleged that trains were running late on the
corridor.

But, Metro officials said there was no delay.

At some Metro stations, guards were seen telling the
people about the change in the stopping points at the
stations.

The passengers also alleged that the trains on the
corridor were running slow.

With the introduction to six-coach trains, passengers on
the Line 3 can heave a sigh of relief during the morning and
evening rush hours.

Currently, Metro trains are four-coach ones and the first
coach is reserved for women.
With the overall ridership crossing 16 lakh last month,
over-crowding on Metro trains has become a major problem,
especially during the rush hours and metro has been toying
with the idea of introducing six-coach trains in its fleet to
reduce over-crowding on the busy Noida and Gurgaon lines that
connect the satellite cities with the national capital.

While one six coach train will travel between Dwarka
Sec-21 to Noida City Centre, the other will make trips between
Dwarka Sec-21 to Anand Vihar.

Anand said the DMRC has no plans to introduce six-coach
trains on other Lines of the Metro.

Four more trains will be added on Line 1 (Rithala ?
Dilshad Garden).

He said three more standard gauge trains will be added on
the Mundka and Badarpur Line.

At present, DMRC has commissioned 188 train sets of
4-coaches each and by the end of 2011 the fleet will have 208
trains.

Out of 208 train sets, 113 trains will be of four-coaches
and 95 trains will have six-coaches.

PTI

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