Two hundred Delhi Metro trains will make approximately 3,248 trips daily during the odd-even fortnight beginning April 14 , a rise of about 56 trips over the existing arrangements, the DMRC said, on Wednesday.
Fifteen additional feeder buses will ply during this period, and three new routes, introduced. “The distance they serve have been rationalised to a 6-12 km range so as to utilise them to the maximum as last mile connectivity,” DMRC said.
DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) will be pressing into service the “maximum number of trains possible operationally” during the April 15-30 period keeping only the essential maintenance reserve. The company has a fleet of 220 trains. During the first phase of the road rationing scheme, number of daily trips were taken up to 3,192 and trains to 197, measures that were later made permanent.
There was not any noteworthy jump in the ridership figures during the first phase of the drive between January 1-15. The metro system carries around 27 lakh passengers on an average daily.
The Metro authorities will also deploy additional ticket operators, guards and customer facilitation agents to handle the expected load on the ticketing system. “80 ticket operators will be deployed per day while CISF, guards and customer facilitation agents will be added at stations to help and guide commuters,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
Lines and stations will be monitored by control room and action taken to ensure that crowd is not built up at booking points, TVMs and security frisking points.
“28 teams of officers will be deployed at major stations for monitoring the smooth traffic movement during the drive. Four additional lines are being added to the helpline number 155370.
“List of routes and possible vacancies has been provided to DTC for deploying their buses for the last mile connectivity. Feeder buses presently run on 33 routes,” the official said.