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Huge rush of commuters on Metro stations on Rakshabandhan

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Aug 9 (UNI) Huge crowds were witnessed at all three lines of the DMRC today on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, the festival that signifies an eternal bond between brothers and sisters.

A huge rush of commuters was seen at several metro stations like Shahdara, Vishwavidyalaya, Central Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk, Karol Bagh, Seelampur, Kashmere Gate and Pitam Pura during the day, a DMRC spokesperson told UNI.

Huge crowds at the metro stations were witnessed despite the DMRC increasing the frequency of its train services for the day on account of the festival.

Peak hour frequency of four to five minutes -- four minutes on line 1 and 2 and five on line 3 -- is being maintained from 0800 hrs to 2030 hrs today.

Generally, peak hour frequency is maintained during office hours, from 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs and again from 1630 hrs to 2030 hrs. Rest of the day, trains run every eight to ten minutes.

The DMRC spokesman said security at all metro stations had been heightened today with sniffer dogs being employed at many stations.

Last year, ridership had increased by almost a lakh (45 per cent) on Rakhi day.

This year, the DMRC expects far more passengers with line 3 having been added to its network.

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