New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) As blueline operators kept the buses off roads yesterday in protest, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recorded its highest ever ridership on Monday carrying nearly eight lakh passengers.
The ridership stood at 7.95 lakh passengers and the corporation also earned its highest single-day revenue of Rs 94.41 lakh, an official said.
The previous highest ridership of Delhi Metro was 7.40 lakh on July 21, this year and the highest revenue was Rs 87.2 lakh on August 28-- Raksha Bandhan.
Of the 7.95 lakh passengers carried by the Delhi Metro yesterday, 2.57 lakh used Line 1 (Shahdara-Rithala), 2.29 lakh used Line 2 (Central Secretariat-Vishwa Vidyalaya) and 3.09 lakh used Line 3 (Indrapratha-Dwarka Sec.9).
About 6.50 lakh passengers use the Metro service on normal weekdays.
According to a recent commuter survey, 43 per cent of Metro passengers use two or three trains during each trip. This means that the actual train occupancy yesterday stood at 11.37 lakh.
The stations which recorded the highest revenue yesterday were Chandni Chowk at Rs 4.91 lakh (57 per cent increase from daily average), Shahdara at Rs 4.62 lakh (38 per cent increase from daily average), Rajiv Chowk at Rs 4.43 lakh (24 per cent increase), Uttam Nagar (East) at Rs 3.67 lakh (62 per cent increase) and Vishwa Vidyalaya at Rs 3.44 lakh (19 per cent increase).
Delhi Metro ran 1,248 train trips with 59 trains yesterday and opened extra ticket counters at Seelampur, Moti Nagar and Uttam Nagar (East).
Today also, extra ticket counters have been opened at Moti Nagar, Karol Bagh, Welcome, Rajiv Chowk, Vishwa Vidyalaya, Central Secretariat, Tilak Nagar, Seelampur and Uttam Nagar (East) for passenger convenience.