The ridership of the Delhi Metro broke yet another record on Monday. The searing heat, coupled with humidity, made over 23.5 lakh people take the Metro.
The first day of July recorded a ridership figure of 23,62,279, which surpassed the earlier record set on June 18 when 23,32,298 people took the Metro.
It was the fifth continuous day when the Metro ridership crossed the 23-lakh mark. On February 11, the Metro ridership had crossed this mark for the first time when a total of 23,05,311 people took the Metro.
Subsequently, June 10 saw a ridership of 23,09,195, June 18 saw 23,32,298 and June 24 saw 23,27,558 people opting for the Metro, said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials.
On Monday, the usually overcrowded blue line that connects Dwarka with Noida City Centre and Vaishali recorded the highest ridership of 9,25,707, followed by yellow line that connects Jahangirpuri with Gurgaon (8,60,985). The red line (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) ferried over 3.21 lakh commuters, while the violet line (Central Secretariat to Badarpur) registered a ridership of 1.70 lakh people and the green line (Inderlok/Kirti Nagar to Mundka) ferried 84,243 commuters.
DMRC officials attributed the rising heat to be the major driving force behind the jump in ridership, though another reason could be the opening of schools after a long summer break.
Also, Anuj Dayal, DMRC chief spokesperson, said the ridership figure excluded the Airport Line ridership which was 10,300 on July 1, the first day of its operation under DMRC supervision.