The second phase of the odd-even rule in Delhi, between April 15 and 30, saw the average daily ridership on Noida’s six metro stations decrease as compared to regular days. The ridership was also lower than what was seen during the first phase of the road rationing rule earlier this year.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) data collected from Noida’s metro stations during the latest odd-even phase shows that the average daily ridership during that period was 1.35 lakh, while the average ridership during regular days is 1.45 lakh.
Between April 18 and April 23 – six working days – the ridership kept decreasing from 1.68 lakh to 1.19 lakh, the lowest in 16 days. Barring two Mondays (April 18 and 25), when the ridership was 1.68 lakh and 1.53 lakh respectively, the daily ridership was much below the average daily ridership on normal days.
“We were hoping for an increase in metro ridership during the odd-even phase, but that did not happen. We cannot comment on it further,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
The Noida traffic police and UP Roadways too did not find the need to deploy additional manpower at borders or induct additional buses between April 15 and 30.
“We had planned to induct 10 additional buses between Noida and Delhi, but such a situation never arose. On April 18, the first working day, there was a slight increase in passengers, but it settled after that. Perhaps people preferred to share cars this time,” said SK Verma, assistant regional manager (ARM), UP Roadways, Noida.
Sanjay Singh, superintendent of police (SP), traffic, Noida, said, “We kept a close watch at Noida-Delhi borders. There were minor issues like people using odd-numbered cars on even days and vice versa, but otherwise the situation remained normal. At around 8 pm, commuters could be seen waiting at the borders for the day’s deadline to end.”
The Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA), which represents around 8,000 industries in the city and engages over three lakh people, said that most of their members had made up their minds to share private vehicles this time.
“Carpooling, car exchange and car sharing were the options that most members planned for. They created WhatsApp groups in advance to plan their commuting during the second phase of the odd-even exercise,” said Vipin Malhan, president, NEA.