Huge rush on Metro on Raksha Bandhan,ridership 6.5 lakh till 2000 hr

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New Delhi, Aug 16 (UNI) A huge rush of commuters was today witnessed on all the three line of the Delhi Metro on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, with ridership of 6.5 lakh recorded till 2000 hours, a spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail corporation said.

The spokesperson said that the total earnings of the Delhi Metro till 2000 hours were 86.5 lakh.

A huge rush was witnessed on all the three Metro lines since the morning. To tackle the extra rush, extra manpower was 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 DMRC spokesperson said that as per the latest figures, the Metro rideship level for the day is likely to cross 7.5 lakh, which is at least 25000 more than that recorded on Raksha Bandhan last year. Also, a ridership figure of 7.5 lakhs would be 30000 more than that recorded on others days, the spokesperson said.

At current estimates, the day's earnings for the Metro could cross Rs 95 lakh, he said.

To tackle the extra rush of passengers, the Delhi Metro is today running three extra trains. In addition, one spare train has been kept as a standby on each of the three lines to handle any unexpected rush of passengers.

In addition, the DMRC had deployed extra personnel to handle the extra load on the ticketing system today. The Metro Ticketing Staff is doing an additional Eighty shifts of 4 hrs each in view of the rush.

The DMRC has also deployed more Customer Facilitation Agents to help and guide commuters on August 16. Fifty Three more shifts of 4 hours each have been arranged for this purpose.

The Delhi Metro normally witness extra rush on Raksha Bandhan Day as about 1 lakh extra people have been traveling on Raksha Bandhan Day every year. In 2007, 7.25 lakh passengers traveled on Rakhi by the Metro against an average of 6 lakh normally in that year.

At present the Delhi Metro ridership has already increased substantially as the Metro carried 8,43,609 passengers on August 13, which is the maximum ridership achieved so far by Metro.

Also, on August 4, the total earnings of the Delhi Metro crossed the Rs 1 crore mark in one day. On that day, the total earnings of the DMRC were Rs 1.05 crore.

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