New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) The Pragati Maidan metro station recieved a footfall of over 12 lakh during the just concluded India International Trade Fair(IITF).
According to final ridership figures, the total footfall at the Pragati Maidan station during the 14-day trade fair, which started on November 14, was 12,20,015.
Around half of this, i e, 5,91,978, was recorded on the last five days of the fair, from November 23 to 27, a DMRC spokesperson said.
The Delhi Metro witnessed a heavy rush of commuters at its Pragati Maidan station on the last five days of the IITF, that concluded yesterday, with the station recording a footfall of over one lakh on each on these days. The ridership of the Delhi Metro also crossed eight lakh overall on a single day on November 23 for the first time during the trade fair.
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 on November 23 stood at 11.63 lakh.
DMRC had made elaborate arrangements to handle the extra rush of passengers at Pragati Maidan station during the trade fair.
For the first time at any Delhi Metro station, safety barricades made of stainless steel were erected to prevent commuters from falling onto the tracks due to heavy rush.
Extra token counters were opened, additional Metro and security personnel deployed and frequency of the trains on Line-3 (Indraprastha - Dwarka Sector 9) were reduced to 3.47 minutes from five minutes to ensure that the commuters had no difficulty to visit the trade fair.