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To beat rush,131 more Metro trains by June

With the growing ridership,the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to feed the first consignment of 620 coaches (131 trains) into the existing lines,which will increase the frequency of trains on the Blue and Red Lines by June.

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2009 2:58 am

With the growing ridership,the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to feed the first consignment of 620 coaches (131 trains) into the existing lines,which will increase the frequency of trains on the Blue and Red Lines by June.

“There has been a sharp rise in the ridership of the Metro,and the rush sometime causes accidents. So we have decided to increase the number of trains plying on the existing lines,” Anuj Dayal,DMRC spokesperson,said.

At present,all the three lines have 70 trains,but they are falling short after the ridership increased by 50,000 per day following the inauguration of the Vishwavidyalaya-Jahangirpuri stretch.

“Earlier we had 60 trains. Then recently we added ten more,but even they are falling short,” Dayal said.

With the new trains,frequency on the Blue Line (Dwarka to Indraprastha) will be the first to increase.

“Line 3 (the Blue Line) has the maximum pressure,so we have decided to place the first few trains on this line on a priority basis. Then the remaining trains will be put on Line 2 (the Red Line — Rithala to Shahdara),” Dayal said.

Earlier,the new trains were to be put on the new lines scheduled to start later this year — Inderlok-Mundka,Indraprastha to Noida and Anand Vihar. But with the increasing pressure,the decision has been changed.

“We have to tackle the pressure on the existing lines before we extend our services on other lines,” he said.

“The first consignment of coaches is being airlifted from Germany by Bombardier; they will start reaching by February 26. It will take about two months for the commissioning process,which includes safety and technical checks. After that they will be on the tracks by June,” Dayal said.

Of the new coaches,83 will be broad guage and 48 standard guage. “However,standard gauge trains are only meant for the Airport Express Link,Inderlok-Mundka and Badarpur lines,” he said

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