As temperatures rise, Metro rakes in money
The Delhi Metro seems to be the only one benefitting from this year’s scorching summer. On Monday, it recorded the highest ridership of 11.34 lakh passengers.
If the temperatures continue to rise, the DMRC is expecting to break its previous ridership record this year.
With this highest ridership, DMRC’s single-day earnings touched Rs 1.92 crore. The Metro’s second highest ridership—of 11.27 lakh—was registered on May 17.
A DMRC official said, on an average six to seven lakh passengers travel by Metro daily. But with the rising mercury, the Metro commuters have increased by three to four lakh a day.
“Of the 11,34,756 passengers carried by the Delhi Metro yesterday, the maximum ridership was witnessed on Line 3/4 (Dwarka Sec-9 to Noida/Anand Vihar) in which 5.41 lakh passengers traveled followed by 2.87 lakh on Line 2 (Central Secretariat-Jahangirpuri), 2.66 lakh on Line 1 (Dilashd Garden - Rithala), and over 39,000 passengers on Line-5 (Inderlok-Mundka). Over 10.5 lakh passengers use the Delhi Metro on normal weekdays,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.
However, this highest ridership did have its backdraws. With the compartments in most Metro trains overcrowded and the air conditioners not working properly, a number of people fell sick.
Sunanda Sharma, travelling from Dwarka Sector 9 to Barakhamba, fainted in the metro yesterday.
Later, she said: “It was difficult traveling by Metro yesterday. It was chock-a-block and the air conditioners were not working at all.”