New Delhi: Pragati Maidan Metro station
recorded its highest-ever footfall of over 1.5 lakh on Sunday,
thanks to the India International Trade Fair and special metro
trains which were run to tackle extra rush.
Footfall figures at the Pragati Maidan station touched
1.56 lakh yesterday, a DMRC spokesman said, adding that last
year, the DMRC had witnessed 1.34 lakh footfalls at this
station during the IITF on November 22.
The overall ridership of the Delhi Metro yesterday stood
at 12.23 lakh which is also the highest-ever ridership during
the trade fair. In 2009, 10.29 lakh passengers used Metro on
November 24 during the trade fair.
The Delhi Metro has made elaborate arrangements to handle
the extra passengers at Pragati Maidan station during the
trade fair. Trains are being run with a peak hour frequency
throughout the day -- from 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM -- which means
the DMRC is running an additional 23 trains performing over
100 extra train trips every day.
Additionally 43 manual token counters with separate
counters for specific token denominations and destinations
have been opened at the Pragati Maidan Metro station for all
During weekends and holidays, the number of these
counters goes up to 52. To avoid overcrowding, all tokens are
sold from ground floor only.
Extra customer facilitation agents and security guards
have also been deployed at various stations like Central
Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate and Pragati Maidan for
guiding and managing the crowd.