The daily jostling and struggle in crowded Metro trains, especially during morning and evening peak hours, is set to ease.
DMRC is going to introduce eight-coach trains from June which will increase the passenger capacity by 600-700. The move comes in the wake of the fast increasing footfall on the two busiest metro lines.
The new high capacity trains would make the travel convenient on the busiest routes — Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri and Dwarka-Noida/Vaishali lines — to a large extent, said DMRC officials. These two corridors have been registering a daily footfall of 12 lakh commuters that is expected to increase further. According to DMRC sources. line 2 (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri) registers a footfall of about 5.5 lakh commuters daily while 6.5 lakh commuters travel on line 3/4 (Noida-Dwarka/Vaishali) daily.
Delhi Metro, which operates around 2,700 trips daily, had introduced six-coach trains in December 2010 to mitigate the problem of increasing passenger flow in peak hours. Presently, about 100 six-coach trains are operating on these two lines.
"To cope with the fast increasing commuters' pressure, we had introduced six-coach trains last year. But the situation has again gone out of control and we are left with no choice but to introduce eight-coach trains," said a DMRC official.
Delhi Metro had planned to introduce eight-coach trains in phase 3, which will be operational by 2016. But in view of the ever-increasing commuters pressure, it was advanced twice, first by 2013 and then to handle the increased passenger volume eight-coach trains would become a part of the fleet by June this year.
"The number of daily commuters on the Metro network has already reached 20 lakh now and is expected to go up further and that too at a very high rate," a senior DMRC official said.
According to a DMRC spokesperson, a total of 68 eight-coach trains will be operational by early 2013. Of them, 37 four-coach trains will be converted into eight-coach ones on Line 2. Besides, 31 four-coach trains on Line 3 will have double their carriage capacities. On Line 2, six four-coach trains will be converted into six-coach trains.
"We have already placed orders for 212 coaches and they will start arriving soon. The complete consignment would, however, be delivered by 2013 only," said the spokesperson.