DMRC to introduce new trains to clear rush
New Delhi, July 4: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation plans to introduce ten new trains shortly on its network as part of its efforts to overcome the problem of overcrowding at metro stations, specially during peak hours.
At the same time, the DMRC is also studying the feasibility of a proposal to increase the frequency of metro trains, from four to five minutes at present, to three minutes as well as adding escalators to stations.
''Ten new trains will be added to the DMRC network by January next year,''DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal told UNI.
Though the order for the new trains had already been placed with ROTEM of Korea, they could only be added by January next year, as its parts will first be brought from Korea to Bangalore, where they would be assembled at the Bharat Earth Movers Limited's plant before being introduced in the metro system, the sources said.
The decision to introduce ten new trains on the metro network has been prompted by an increase in passenger traffic on it lines over the last few months.
Metro sources said the passenger traffic on the metro network had witnessed a rise from 4.5 lakh to 4.75 lakh over the last few months. The rise in passenger traffic had led to severe overcrowding at the two major interchange junctions of Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate.
As part of efforts to mitigate the problem of overcrowding, the Metro proposes to increase the frequency of its trains.
At present, the frequency of operation of metro trains is four to five minutes. However, there has been a demand for increasing the same to three minutes as severe overcrowding has been witnessed at Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere gate, specially during office hours. ''The feasibility of increasing the frequency of metro trains is being studied following complaints of overcrowding at Metro stations,''Mr Dayal said.
A final decision in this regard could only be taken after the feasibility study.
However, Metro sources said the trains on the 2.81-km Barakhamba-Indraprastha section of Line 3, which is expected to come into operation in September this year, would run at a frequency of three minutes.
''The trains on the Indraprastha-Barakhamba section would operate at a frequency of three minutes,''the sources said.
The opening of the new section would add three stations of Mandi House, Pragati Maidan and Indraprastha on the Barakhamba-Dwarka Line.