New Delhi: In good news for the city's commuters and those celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandhan tomorrow, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation today announced that they will be running an additional 160 train trips on 2 August.
The Delhi Metro normally operates over 2,700 trips a day, covering about 70,000 km and ferrying over a million passengers per week. However, on Thursday the trains will be making a total of about 2,900 trips.
Expecting more than its daily share of 19 lakh commuters per day on the festival of raksha Bandhan, the Delhi Metro in a statement today said: “Delhi Metro will run over 160 extra train trips on ‘Raksha Bandhan’, i.e. 2nd August 2012 (Thursday), and will deploy additional personnel to cater to the extra rush of commuters expected on that day.”
Delhi Metro will run trains at peak-hour frequency most of the day tomorrow, from 8 am to 8.30 pm and more than 20 trains which are normally withdrawn from lines during the off peak hours – between 12.30 pm and 04.30 pm – will be kept in service performing to make the 160 extra trips.
Moreover, the DMRC will deploy additional Customer Facilitation Agents to help guide commuters, extra personnel will be deployed to handle the increased load on the ticketing system and the Metro ticketing staff on 93 stations will do 228 additional shifts of 4 hours each.
The Delhi Metro normally witnesses more rush on Raksha Bandhan Day and with the ever increasing capacity of commuters travelling by the Metro, the DMRC is bracing itself to handle excess traffic tomorrow. In 2011, around 17 lakh passengers travelled on by the Metroon Raksha Bandhan day.
Since then, the normal daily ridership on the Delhi Metro has already increased substantially carrying over 19 lakh passengers per day in July 2012 – which is the maximum average ridership registered so far in any month.