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Sreedharan rules out trains past 11 PM even during Games

E.Sreedharan said the DMRC has a "very tight schedule" of trains and ruled out operating trains after 11 PM even during the Games.

delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2010 21:29 IST

E.Sreedharan said the DMRC has a "very tight schedule" of trains and ruled out operating trains after 11 PM even during the Games.

The Metro chief said the entire "signalling and OHE is being revamped" in view of the Games and the Delhi Metro has
also launched a campaign to keep the stations clean.

"We have also volunteered to clean and upkeep the areas which are close to the Metro stations...which are very near to
the stations," he said.

Sreedharan said the DMRC will deploy a large number of volunteers and guides during the Games and have trained a
number of people for this purpose. "We have given orientation training to all the Delhi Metro staff and they are being trained how to deal with commuters and help them with a smile," he said, adding the DMRC will be able to discharge its responsibilities which have been entrusted upon it with regard to the Games.

He said the Games Organising Committee has been granted permission by the Delhi Metro to use its premises for promotional activities related to the Games extravaganza and that they will not be charged for the space.

Admitting that there were delays, Sreedharan said the Metro's response to such eventualities are "prompt" and "fast"
and services are resumed soon.

"Our network is now 145 kms and trains make 2,300 trips everyday and clock around 60,000 km each day. It is a highly sophisticated system and some delays are bound to happen. In that case, our response is always fast and prompt. The very special measure is that the reliability of the system is 100 per cent," he said.

He said technical glitches between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank stations were happening frequently due to a signalling problem, which has now been set right. On when six-coach train will be introduced, Sreedharan said the Delhi Metro has placed orders for more coaches and they are likely to come by October after which they will be attached to the existing trains and trials conducted.

"The first six-coach train on service is expected by November-end," he said.

On demands from various quarters for reserving one coach in every Metro train for women, the 'Metro Man' said he was neither "keen" nor "eager" in implementing it immediately. "No where in the world there are special coaches for
women except in Dubai. There are advantages but we find the proportion of women travelling on Metro is less. It is 45 per
cent and if we allot 45 per cent of our trains for women then there will be a lot of wastage," he said.

To a question, the DMRC chief there was no need for a Fare Fixation Team for the organisation for the next two to
three years as it will take two years for the whole system to get integrated, virtually ruling fare hike in the next couple of years.