“Two eight-coach trains were pressed into service on Monday. We will induct a total of 68 eight-coach trains on the Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon and Noida-Dwarka lines by next year, ” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of DMRC.
“This is quite a relief for daily commuters like us. Now we hope that commuting by Metro will be comfortable,” said Sanjana Sharma, a commuter of the first eight coach train, who boarded the train at Viswavidyalaya and went up to Qutub Minar.
With eight coaches, the Metro will have a capacity of carrying 3,000 commuters as compared to six coach trains which carry about 2,200 commuters.
The Delhi Metro was scheduled to commence eight-coach trains on the two busiest corridors— line 2 (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri) and line 3 (Noida-Dwarka)— last month in a bid to provide more space and relief to passengers. But it failed to meet the deadline as it could not prepare the platforms of Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate — the two busiest interchange stations.