Metro trains maintain record punctuality despite Games rush

Notwithstanding the Commonwealth Games rush, Delhi Metro maintained a record punctuality of 99.88 per cent during the first week of the sporting extravaganza making over 2800 trips daily.

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2010, 21:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Notwithstanding the Commonwealth
Games rush, Delhi Metro maintained a record punctuality of
99.88 per cent during the first week of the sporting
extravaganza making over 2800 trips daily.

Delhi Metro, which provides connectivity to almost all
the 11 stadia that host the Games, is running trains at an
average frequency of 2.5 minutes starting October 3, when the
Commonwealth Games began in the capital.

Though there were delays due to technical glitches during
the past one week, Metro trains registered punctuality of
99.98 per cent during the week beginning October 3 and ending
October 9.

This means out of the 19656 trips the 180-odd Metro
trains made during the past week, only 24 trips were affected,
a DMRC spokesman said.

The DMRC usually registers a punctuality rate of over 99
per cent. The organisation regularly conducts punctuality
audits every three months.

During the past one week, Metro trains made 2808 trips
everyday traversing 58,000 kms, the spokesman said.

The DMRC had also deployed technical experts from South
Korea and Germany to ensure that no technical glitch takes
place during the Games.

The engineers are stationed at important stations,
particularly on the Badarpur line which provides connectivity
to the main Games venue of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Metro also registered additional ridership during the
past one week as majority of the people going to stadia opted
for the new age transport system to reach the venues.

People, who had bought CWG tickets, can take a free ride
on the Metro.

PTI