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Huge rush on Metro lines on Rakhi, over 5.5 lakh ridership likely

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Aug 9 (UNI) A huge rush of commuters was witnessed at all three lines of the DMRC today on the occasion of Raksha bandhan, the festival that signifies an eternal bond between brothers and sisters.

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

The DMRC spokesperson said the total ridership of the metro during the day was likely to cross the 5.5 lakh mark, a nearly one lakh increase from its daily ridership level of 4.5 lakh.

Last year on 'Raksha Bandhan', the number of passengers had increased by 45 per cent. While the ridership was 2.5 lakh on normal days at that time, it had gone up to 3.6 lakh on 'Raksha Bandhan'. Only Lines 1 and 2 of Delhi Metro were operational at that time.

There was a huge rush at the metro stations since early this morning despite the DMRC increasing the frequency of its trains.

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.

As a result of increase in frequency, about 1,190 trips will be made today.

In addition, Delhi Metro has also opened extra ticket counters and deployed additional staff at important stations. The security apparatus at various metro stations was also tightened.

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