Metro stations to sell trade fair tickets from tomorrow

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New Delhi, Nov 11 (UNI) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will start selling India International Trade Fair (IITF) entry tickets from tomorrow at 62 Metro Stations currently under operation.

These tickets can be purchased at all Metro stations for Rs. 10 less than the rate, which visitors will have to pay if they purchase the ticket directly at Pragati Maidan, DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dyal said.

The IITF general entry tickets at Metro Stations will be priced at Rs 20 for adults and Rs 10 for children on weekdays while they will cost Rs 50 for adults and Rs 20 for children on weekends.

The DMRC is expecting massive crowds to use the Pragati Maidan Metro Station and, therefore, 40 ticket counters will be opened at Pragati Maidan on weekdays during peak hours (1400hrs to 2200hrs) while 44 counters will be opened on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2200hrs for sale of tokens.

In addition, two Customer Care Guidance Counters will also be started from where Smart Cards can also be purchased.

Pre-vended tokens (fixed value) will also be issued for popular destinations to save time.

Additional DMRC officers and staff, customer facilitation agents and security staff will be deployed at all stations.

For manning of the additional counters, 262 shifts of four hours each will be required. DMRC will run eight extra trains on Saturdays and 14 extra trains on Sundays falling during the trade fair with a frequency of 3.40 minutes from 8 am to 9:30 pm to cater to the additional rush.

During last year's trade fair, the average daily ridership stood at 7.12 lakh while the daily average prior to trade fair was 6.12 lakh. Thus, there was a 16 per cent increase in ridership on fair days.

The highest ridership was registered on November 23 at 8.14 lakh.

Last year, 3,86,465 IITF tickets were sold through Metro Stations.

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