The Delhi Metro is soon going to add two more coaches to some of its trains to beat the rush of commuters. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has ordered eight additional train coaches, which will be attached to some of the existing metro trains currently running in Delhi to increase their carrying capacity.
At present, all the 70 trains have four coaches and are running fully packed as over 8,50,000 passengers travel everyday on the system. Metro’s Line 3 between Dwarka and Indraprastha, for example, runs packed almost throughout the day.
To handle the rush, the coaches will be added to four of the existing trains to make them into six coach trains. “Once the coaches arrive, we will decide which section they would be deployed in according to requirement,” said DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal.
Each additional coach can carry a maximum of 390 persons with 50 persons sitting and 340 standing. Thus, the carrying capacity will increase by 780 per train for the four trains.
“These additional coaches are being manufactured by the Bharat Earth Movers Ltd at their factory at Bangalore,” Dayal said. The first two coaches will be delivered by August this year and should be deployed after testing by September. The coaches will be inducted into passenger service after being converted into six-coach trains in metro maintenance depots, testing and trial.
This will be the first time any Indian company will be making modern metro coaches entirely on its own, without collaboration with a foreign firm. The DMRC can ultimately increase train lengths to eight coaches as all Delhi Metro platforms are built with the capacity to accommodate eight-coach trains, except for the new standard gauge lines coming up at Inderlok-Mundka, Central Secretariat-Badarpur and the Airport Express Line.
Apart from this, the DMRC has already ordered another 131 train sets whose delivery has already started to cater to the 2 million passengers who are expected to use the metro network, which will consist of 190 kms after the completion of phase II of the Delhi Metro Project by 2010.