New Delhi: Scorching heat, political
protests and DU admissions are keeping the cash registers of
DMRC ringing with a record 11.34 lakh passengers taking the
Metro on Monday, helping it earn a revenue of Rs 1.92 crore.
Yesterday`s record ridership can be attributed to the
scorching heat with people opting for the air-conditioned
transport system and also the BJP protest in Jantar Mantar.
Scores of BJP workers used the Metro to reach the site.
DMRC officials also said the increase in ridership could be
because of the admissions in Delhi University with thousands
of students and parents travelling to North Campus by Metro.
The ridership stood at 11,34,756 yesterday on all five
operational corridors of the DMRC, which earned a revenue of
Rs 1.92 crore in one day.
The previous highest ridership of Delhi Metro was 11.27
lakh on May 17 and on April 21 a total of 10,92,780 people
travelled on the Metro, a DMRC spokesman said.
Of the 11.34 lakh passengers, the over-crowded Line 3
(Dwarka Sec-9-Noida City Centre/Anand Vihar) registered the
maximum ridership with 5.41 lakh followed by 2.87 lakh on
Line 2 (Central Secretariat-Jahangirpuri), 2.66 lakh on Line 1
Over 39,000 passengers travelled on the newly-inaugurated
Line-5 (Inderlok-Mundka). Over 10.5 lakh passengers use the
Delhi Metro on normal weekdays.
In order to cater to the increasing ridership figures,
Delhi Metro is rapidly adding to its fleet of 70 train sets
which were procured for phase one operations.
Currently, there are over a hundred trains in operation
on the five lines of Delhi Metro with a new train being added
on the system every 10 to 15 days.
While the Line 3 has 51 lines in operation, Line 2 and
1 have 25 trains each. The Line 5, India`s first Standard
Gauge corridor, has around 13 trains in service.
DMRC maintains a frequency of 4 minutes during peak
hours (morning and evening rush hours) and 6 minutes during
Delhi Metro trains are today traversing over 43,000
kilometres in a day making over 1,900 trips on the five
operational lines covering 111 kilometres.
Shravan, a software professional who usually drives down
to his office in Connaught Place from Mayur Vihar, said he
started using Metro since last week to escape from traffic
jams and also the scorching sun.
"I am relieved now...I don`t have to be at the wheels
for over an hour to reach CP, which is just 20-minute drive
from my home. Metro is good and I don`t have to bother about
the heat outside. It has AC facility also," he says.
The spokesman said the revenue which the DMRC gets from
passengers and other sources are used to pay back the loan
taken by the DMRC to build the Metro Project.