Saturday, 28 November 2009

Delhi Metro completed one billion rides

In its seven years of operation, Delhi Metro reached a historic landmark in November as it served its 1 billionth customer. In a press release, DMRC informed that the number of people who have availed Delhi Metro services till date touched a record 1,014,955,894 on 26-Nov.

DMRC is in expansion mode before the 2010 Commonwealth Games. New lines are going to be opened now every other month taking the Metro to south Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Airport. With progress being made as per plan, things have started falling into place for 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Also, Delhi Metro recorded its highest-ever single day ridership on 24-Nov during the India International Trade Fair (IITF). Over 1 million commuters used the services on a single day as compared to just 35,000 per day in Dec 2002 when Metro began its operations.

Delhi Metro has become a lifeline for the city and the ridership is far exceeding DMRC's own projections. For instance, 100,000 commuters are using the latest line opened till Noida as against the projection of about 53,000 commuters for 2012. This is resulting in crowding in trains but this is a great relief for people who travel on an average 30-40 km a day to go to Delhi and back.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials say that new trains are coming, and from now, a new train will be inducted into the system every fortnight. This is crucial for ensuring smooth commute for visitors during Commonwealth Games 2010.

Already, DMRC has got about 17 train sets of four coaches each for broad gauge and another 10 trains for standard gauge. The total order is for 131 trains which will all be delivered before 2010 end.


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