The DMRC has a special gift for Metro commuters in Delhi. Exactly eight years after it rolled out the first train in Delhi — on a 6.5 km section between Shahdara and Tees Hazari — the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has introduced its first six-coach train on its network.
These two six-coach trains, one each on Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre line and Dwarka Sector 21-Anand Vihar line, will be part of the Delhi Metro's plans to have 95 six-coach trains running on six metro lines by September 2011.
While the Dwarka section (both Noida and Anand Vihar combined) will have 39 six-coach trains, the Jehangirpuri-Gurgaon line (Line 1) will have the maximum number of 54 six-coach trains catering to the ever increasing metro ridership.
Ironically, DMRC's first line, which was later extended up to Rithala towards the west and Dilshad Garden towards the east, will not have even a single six-coach train.
In the past eight years, the Metro's network increased from 6.5 km to 160 km.
Though the Metro added more trains to cater to the passenger rush, that has increased from a meagre 50,000 to 16 lakh today, it failed to cope with the pressure on the network.
“The additional coaches will be able to carry about 600 more passengers per trip. A six-coach train will be able to carry 1,800 to 2,100 passengers per trip,” DMRC director (rolling stock) HS Anand said.
“It will provide increased space and a more comfortable ride to commuters, given the huge rush in the present four-coach trains,” Anand added.
DMRC officials said a four-coach train has the capacity to carry about 1,200 to 1,500 passengers.