Delhi Metro has definitely changed the way people travel in Delhi. But lately, over-crowded metro trains have also forced people to opt for autos and buses.
To improve frequency of its trains and ease out congestion, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will introduce new trains on two lines — between Jehangirpuri and Central Secretariat, and between Yamuna Bank and Dwarka Sector-9.
While Line 2 (Jehangirpuri and Central Secretariat) will get two new trains in October, three trains will be added on Line 3 (Yamuna Bank and Dwarka Sector-9) in November.
The lines cater to 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh passengers each per day. The Noida section, which is ready for operations, will start with eight additional train sets.
Senior DMRC officials said the new metro coaches, manufactured by Bomardier Corporation, have got mandatory clearance for operation from the commissioner of Railway Safety, Lucknow after a series of rigorous tests.
DMRC Director (rolling stock) HS Anand said these coaches were ready to be inducted in the Metro’s existing fleet of 70 trains.
“We will put the first train set on Line 2 in the first week of October,” he said. “Based on the feedback of this train, we will introduce more trains.”
DMRC has placed an order of 424 coaches (37 four-car trains and 46 six-car trains) with Bombardier Transportation for a whopping Rs 2,984 crore.
According to Anand, the new trains are “more advanced and a step ahead” of the existing “state-of-the-art coaches”.
By March 2011, when the entire Phase-II of Delhi Metro (125-km, six corridors) will be operational, the DMRC would have a fleet of 153 broad gauge and 50 standard gauge trains catering to almost two million passengers.
Centre talks tough
Taking serious note of the two cases of derailment of Metro trains, the Centre has told the DMRC to “strengthen its safety mechanism”. Senior officials of the Ministry of Urban Development, who met DMRC officials, said accidents were happening frequently and should not be repeated.
The DMRC also submitted its internal inquiry report on the Dwarka derailment.