Metro to run three extra trains for Rakhi

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New Delhi, Aug 14 (UNI) In order to clear rush of passengers, the Delhi Metro will run three extra trains on Raksha Bandhan on Saturday.

Besides, one spare train would be kept as a standby on each of the three lines to handle any unexpected rush of passengers, a Delhi Metro spokesman said.

The DMRC would also deploy extra personnel to handle the extra load on the ticketing system on this day. The Metro Ticketing Staff would do an additional 80 shifts of four hours each on Raksha Bandhan in view of the expected rush, he said.

The DMRC will also deploy more Customer Facilitation Agents to help and guide commuters. Fifty three more shifts of four hours each have been arranged for the purpose.

The extra manpower will be deployed at Dilshad Garden, Shahdara, Welcome, Seelampur, Pitampura, Rohini (East), Rohini (West) and Rithala on Line-I and Nawada, Uttam Nagar (E), Janakpuri (West) and Indraprastha on Line-III.

The Delhi Metro normally witness extra rush on Raksha Bandhan as about one lakh extra people travel on the day every year. In 2007, 7.25 lakh passengers travelled on Rakhi by the Metro against an average of six lakh normally in that year.

At present, the Delhi Metro ridership had already increased substantially as the Metro carried 8,43,609 passengers yesterday which was the maximum ridership achieved so far by Metro, the spokesman said.

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