17 August 2016

Delhi Metro to run extra trips during Raksha Bandhan and weekends (sat/sun) for the month of August

The Delhi Metro generally witnesses increased ridership in the month of August every year. Therfre, DMRC has decided to run additional train trips during Raksha Bandhan and weekends (Sat/Sun) of the month. The increased trips will encourage passengers to use the system more during the weekends during the festival season of Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Independence day etc., falling during the month.
The Delhi Metro will run 106 extra train trips on the eve of Raksha Bandhan i.e, 17th August 2016, and on ‘Raksha Bandhan’, i.e. 18th August 2016 as the need arises. Similarly, during weekends (Sat/Sun) of August, 34 extra train trips on Saturdays and 95 extra trips on Sundays have been planned to facilitate the passengers.
DMRC will also deploy additional personnel at stations to cater to the extra rush of commuters expected on these two days i.e, 17th and 18th August. Guards/Customer Facilitation Agents (CFA) will be deployed at major Metro stations to help and guide commuters on these two days. In addition, extra personnel will also be deployed to handle the increased load on the ticketing system.  

There is around 5% increase in the number of passengers travelling by the Metro in the month of August from the average ridership of the overall year, translating into almost 1 to 1.5 lakh extra passengers per day, which includes many using the Metro on weekends.
To gear up for this increased ridership and to provide better passenger convenience and comfort, DMRC has taken under mentioned initiatives in past few months:-

1. Remodeling of stations: Nine important stations of Line-2 and Line-3 have been remodeled so as to provide better convenience to the Metro passengers. The extant of remodeling done at the stations is as given below:
Activity Undertaken
HUDA City Centre
Ø  6 Entry and 10 Exit AFC gates added to cut down waiting time
Ø  4 number of escalators added
Ø  Ticket Counters shifted to reduce congestion inside the station premises

Rajiv Chowk
Ø  Renovation of toilets
Ø  Direct exit from underground station
New Delhi
Ø  Railway station side gate no. 1 & 2 converted into designated exit only
Ø  CISF frisking point shifted to gate no. 5 & 6 of Airport Express Line
Ø  Three additional AFC exit gates installed to facilitate AEL users
Kirti Nagar
Ø  To ease out congestion and to alleviate the hardships faced by the commuters who need to interchange between Line-3 & Line-5, a dedicated pathway constructed.
Guru Dronacharya
Ø  Renovation of Parking Lot
M G Road
Ø  Ticket counters shifted to ground level and four additional ticket counters provided
NOIDA Sec-15,
 NOIDA Sec-16 and
 NOIDA City Centre
Ø  New AFC gates and stairs have been installed/constructed for better passenger movement
Also, the remodelling work of Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar stations is under progress. At Chandni Chowk, additional ticket counters are being built outside Gate no. 5 to ease the congestion at station premises and dedicated entry and exit gates being planned for better passenger movement at the stations. Similarly, at Chawri Bazar, additional AFC gates are being installed to ensure dedicated entry and exit of passengers from the stations avoiding criss-cross movement.
2. Additional coaches: DMRC has added 118 coaches to its fleet on Line-5 and Line-6 in past one year. This has resulted in the availability of all six coach trains on Line-6. 
3. Addition of new AFC Gates: Almost 180 new AFC Gates have been installed at busy stations across the network for convenient entry/exit of passengers.
4. Installation of Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs): Around 100 additional TVMs have been installed across the network to provide automated facility of card/token recharge/issue to the passengers. Delhi Metro has about 300 Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) installed all over its network. 

Additional information

Avg. Ridership in Lakh
Avg. Ridership in Lakh
26.61(Till July)