Posted By Tushar Mehta
Post Date: 29/12/2015
Delhi Metro trains will ply for additional 70 trips during the odd-even trial period, raising the number of daily trips to 3,192, which will result in a marginal increase in the frequency of its services to counter an expected rush of passengers.
These have been distributed over Red, Blue, Yellow and Orange (Airport Express) lines with 12, 11, 17 and 30 additional trips respectively.
According to the information provided by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the total number of trips undertaken in November stood at 3,122. DMRC, which has in its fleet 220 trains, will be using 198 trains daily to achieve the target.
DMRC will press into operation the maximum number of trains possible during this period keeping only the essential maintenance reserve.
Accordingly, the highest train frequency on Blue Line (Line 3/4), that connects Dwarka to Noida City Centre, would be 2 minutes 30 seconds (between 9-10 AM). The same would be 2 mins 18 secs on Line 2, that connects Samaypur Badli to Gurgaon’s Huda City Centre. During off-peak hours (11 AM to 5 PM), trains would run at an interval of 2 minutes 42 seconds on Blue Line while the same would be 2 mins 40 secs on Yellow Line, which inks a slight improvement over the existing timings.
The Metro authorities are also resorting to additional shifts of guards and customer facilitation agents at its major stations while additional manpower will be deployed to handle “increased load” on the ticketing system.
In a radical step to curb alarming air pollution, Delhi Government has decided to restrict plying of private cars bearing odd and even registration numbers to alternate days from January 1 to 15 in the national capital. Nearly 10 lakh private cars will stay off Delhi roads daily once the odd-even formula is enforced with the drastic reduction in traffic flow expected to significantly reduce the high level of pollution in the city.