Delhi Metro registers highest ridership of 15 lakh

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 18:32

New Delhi: As fear of getting stuck in
maddening traffic jams due to the dedicated Commonwealth Games
lanes prompted hundreds of people to avoid buses, Delhi Metro
registered its highest-ever ridership of over 15 lakh on
Monday.

Ever since the Central Secretariat-Qutub Minar corridor
was integrated with the Qutub Minar-HUDA City Centre (Gurgaon)
line, Delhi Metro ridership has been increasing day by day.

With the Delhi Traffic Police earmarking some lanes on
major roads exclusively for the use of CWG athletes and
delegates, people parked their vehicles at home and took Metro
to reach their respective destinations on time.

Yesterday alone, a total of 15,56,563 people travelled on
all the five operational lines of the Delhi Metro, surpassing
the earlier record of 14.44 lakh on September six.

The sudden surge in the ridership can be attributed to the
fear of getting stuck in traffic jams due to the dedicated
lanes for the Commonwealth Games and the Delhi Government`s
decision to withdraw blue line buses from near the CWG venues.

The over-crowded Line 3 that connects Dwarka Sub-city with
Delhi`s satellite city of Noida and Anand Vihar, which is
close to another satellite city Ghaziabad, recorded the
maximum ridership at 5.62 lakh yesterday.

The Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-HUDA City Centre) registered a
ridership of 5,31,337 and Line 1 (Rithala-Dilshad Garden) at
2,88,276.

The ridership is set to increase with the opening of two
lines “the showcase Airport Express Line and the Central
Secretariat-Badarpur corridor” before the October 3 Games
extravaganza begins.

Metro also expects high ridership during the Games as it
provides connectivity to 10 of the 11 stadia.

People who buy CWG tickets will be able to enjoy free
rides on Metro and the Delhi Transport Corporation buses. The
Metro will also run trains at an average frequency of 2.5
minutes on its five lines.

Trains on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor, which
connects the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will run at a frequency
of 2.25 minutes.

By the end of the year, DMRC expects its ridership to
reach 20 lakh a day.

Currently, over 130 train sets are in operation on the
five lines of Delhi Metro with a new train being added to the
system every 10 to 15 days. Delhi Metro trains make over 2,300
trips on the five operational lines covering 138 km.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 18:32

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