Higher Metro ridership last week as Delhi gets heavy rains

Monsoon rains, waterlogged roads and the fear of getting stuck in traffic jams prompted thousands of people to hop onto the Metro in the last one week, with ridership crossing 13.5 lakh on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Aug 26, 2010, 17:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Monsoon rains, waterlogged roads
and the fear of getting stuck in traffic jams prompted
thousands of people to hop onto the Metro in the last one
week, with ridership crossing 13.5 lakh on Wednesday.

The ridership, which is around 11.5 lakh on an average
week day, touched the 13 lakh mark twice this week on Monday
and yesterday, thus generating additional revenue for the
already profit-making Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

As the skies opened up early morning yesterday, people
parked their two-wheelers and cars and opted for a Metro ride
to reach their destinations on time without having to worry
about water-logged roads and traffic jams.

A total of 13.60 lakh passengers travelled on all five
operational lines of the Delhi Metro yesterday, which
surpassed the previous record of 13.12 lakh on Monday.

Though DMRC officials refused to divulge the total and
additional revenue generated yesterday, it is understood that
the organisation might have earned a minimum of Rs 30 lakh due
to the rush yesterday.

The sudden spurt in the ridership is primarily attributed
to the monsoon rains, which lashed the city continuously for
six days, and the water-logged roads across the capital.

Yesterday, the Metro`s over-crowded Line 3 (Dwarka Sector
9 to Noida City Centre) recorded the maximum ridership at
4.29 lakh, followed by Line 1 (Rithala-Dilshad Garden) at
3.13 lakh and Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-Central Secretariat) at
3.12 lakh.

The total ridership figure of the Delhi Metro has been
consistently crossing the 11 lakh mark (1.1 million) in the
last few months, but this week, the ridership has crossed the
13 lakh mark twice, a DMRC spokesman said.

Currently, over a hundred train sets are in operation on
the five lines of Delhi Metro with a new train being added on
the system every 10 to 15 days.

Delhi Metro trains are today traversing over 40,000
kilometres in a day making over 2,000 trips on the five
operational lines covering 125 kilometres.

Meanwhile, the Chhattarpur station on the Gurgaon-Qutub
Minar corridor which was non-operational for the past two
months, opened today for public use.

Trains on the corridor are stopping at the Chhattarpur
station from 6 am this morning, the spokesman said.
The Metro built the Chhattarpur metro station fully in
steel as it takes less time compared to the conventional
construction in concrete.

It had to resort to this unconventional construction
technique to ensure that the corridor was opened to the public
on time before the Commonwealth Games.

The usual technique of making stations in concrete would
have taken at least two years for construction which would
have delayed the Metro line substantially, a Metro spokesman
said. DMRC was trying to acquire land in Chattarpur area since
September 2006, but it was able to get about two hectares only
in October 2009 after prolonged litigation.

PTI