Metro increases frequency to cope with rush

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New Delhi, Oct 12 (UNI) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has, in view of the heavy rush of passengers, increased the frequency of trains on the Indraprastha-Dwarka line (Line-III) and Shahdara-Rithala (Line-I).

The DMRC said the train will now be available after every 3 minutes and 55 seconds on Line-I during peak hours and after every 3 minutes and 30 seconds in the morning peak hours on Line-III.

The peak hours extend from 0830 hrs am to 1130 hrs in the morning and from 1630 hrs to 2030 hrs in the evening, when the metro pulls maximum passengers.

This increased frequency has resulted in the increase in total number of Metro train trips from 1300 to 1319 daily, thus, creating an additional carrying capacity of about 23,000 passengers per day.

The number of trips have been increased by reducing the waiting time by 5-10 seconds at some of the stations and also inducting extra trains during peak hours.

Currently, the DMRC has a fleet of 70 trains of four coaches each which is being augmented by inducting another 131 trains in a phased manner from next year onwards. The Metro system has been designed to ultimately have trains running at 3 minute frequency with eight coaches in every train.

As and when the DMRC receives more trains, the frequency will be increased and formation pushed up to 6 coach train sets on some of the crowded stations.


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