Come 2016 and you will get a Metro to any destination in less than two minutes. The reason: Delhi Metro’s commuter-carrying capacity is all set to be doubled by then due to the introduction of additional rolling stock.
“There will be more than 1,800 cars in the Delhi Metro fleet after the completion of network extension under phase 3 by 2016,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Presently, a total of 928 cars operate on the network in the form of four-coach and six-coach trains. Delhi Metro presently has 200 trains, of which 64 have six coaches. There are about 47 standard gauge trains.
“It has become difficult to cater to the fast growing number of commuters with the existing crop of trains on the 187km-long corridor. By the year-end, 99 trains will be converted to six-coach trains,” said an official.
According to DMRC, the new it will even introduce nine-coached trains, if the situation demands, after the addition of these 900 cars.
Presently, the Metro caters to an average of over 17 lakh commuters daily, which according to the detailed project report will rise to nearly 40 lakh after the completion of phase 3 in the next five years.
“Keeping in view the fast increasing ridership, we have decided to introduce additional cars on the fleet,” said Dayal.
As many as 312 cars will be made operational on the proposed longest Metro corridor connecting Mukundpur with Yamuna Vihar (56km). This will be followed by 174 cars on the corridor connecting Janakpuri West with Botanical Garden (36km). The Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate corridor (9km) will get 60 cars.
Besides, a total of 184 new cars will be pressed into the existing broad gauge corridors that include Line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala), Line 2 (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri), Line 3 (Noida-Dwarka) and Line 4 (Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar).
“The Kirti Nagar-Mundka line would get 32 more cars to cope with the pressure of growing ridership,” said a spokesperson of the corporation.