The data for two working Mondays -- April 11 and April 18 -- before and after the odd-even scheme of the Delhi government, have thrown up a decrease in ridership on the Noida and Vaishali (Ghaziabad) metro lines after the road rationing scheme came into force.
Overall metro ridership on all six operational lines has gone down during the second phase of odd-even scheme, which came into force on April 15, a spokesperson of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.
The ridership on Dwarka-Noida City Centre line on April 11 – the Monday before the before odd-even exercise commenced in Delhi -- was 8,79,478, the DMRC said.
The ridership on the same line on April 18, after the odd-even scheme came into force was 8,35,744 -- a decrease of 43,734.
Similarly, the ridership on the Dwarka-Vaishali line also showed a decrease.
According to the DMRC data, the ridership on the Vaishali line 2,12,042 on April 11. The ridership on the same line on April 18 was 1,97,301 -- a decrease of 14,741.
It was assumed that metro ridership would increase during the second phase of the road rationing scheme introduced by the AAP-led Delhi government. The DMRC had reported a sizeable jump in ridership in the first phase of the odd even scheme from January 1 to January 15, 2016.
The DMRC also reported a decrease in overall ridership on all six operational metro lines.
The overall ridership as comparative data on the two Mondays reflected that as many as 30.06 lakh people used the metro on April 11, while only 29.08 lakh people took the metro a week later on April 18. This is a decrease of .98 lakh people.
“We cannot comment why a decrease happened even when the odd-even scheme restricted movement of private cars. In the first phase, between January 1 and January 15, the increase in ridership was apparent,” the DMRC spokesperson said.
On December 28, 2015, the ridership of Delhi Metro was 27.45 lakh while a week later on January 4 the ridership increased to 28.19 lakh.