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Odd-even formula: People leave cars at home, opt for Metro, buses

Public transport system came to the rescue of those who were unable to bring out their cars because of the odd-even restrictions as Delhi Transport Corporation’s ridership increased by three lakh on Monday.

Breathe delhi Updated: Jan 05, 2016 00:05 IST
Faizan Haidar
Delhi Police and civil defence personnel stand at Vijay Chowk to ensure the enforcement of odd-even restrictions on Monday. People have largely shown compliance with the rules.
Delhi Police and civil defence personnel stand at Vijay Chowk to ensure the enforcement of odd-even restrictions on Monday. People have largely shown compliance with the rules. (Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Public transport system came to the rescue of those who were unable to bring out their cars because of the odd-even restrictions as Delhi Transport Corporation’s ridership increased by three lakh on Monday.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) also registered an increase of two lakh in ridership on Monday while app-based cab services also registered increase in bookings.

“DTC used to carry 35 lakh passengers every day but during the three days of odd-even rule, it has carried 38 lakh passengers per day. We are able to meet the demand and this suggests that if buses are available, people are happy to use it,” said a DTC official.

By tweaking their maintenance schedule, DTC managed to operate 4,461 buses against 4,000 but there were 1,431 cluster buses and 1,251 private buses on road. “We managed to operate 7,143 buses on Monday and had kept 100 buses for emergency. We did not face any problem and buses were not crowded,” transport minister Gopal Rai said.

DMRC also ran trains on higher frequency clearing crowds during rush hours. On the Gurgaon line, during peak hours, trains were running at the frequency of 2 minutes 18 sec while on Dwarka line the frequency was 2 minutes 30 seconds.

“For the 15 days, DMRC has planned to run 3,192 total trips to handle the passenger rush. DMRC will be using 198 trains daily to achieve these trips. Delhi Metro is pressing into service the maximum number of trains possible operationally during this period keeping only the essential maintenance reserve,” said a DMRC spokesperson.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) which is also helping the government ease the rush on the roads experienced a footfall of 2,285,887 on Monday.

“We have managed to successfully handle the rush on the first working day of the odd-even restriction. However, we did not experience the out of the ordinary rush. Everything was well within control,” said a metro official.

DMRC officials said that lines and stations are being monitored by the control room and necessary action is being taken to ensure that crowd does not build up at booking points, TVMs and security frisking points, especially during the peak hours.