The Delhi Metro has registered the highest number of footfalls so far with 25 lakh people travelling by the transport system on Thursday.
“Delhi Metro recorded the highest-ever ridership figure of 25,04,900 on August 8, which surpassed the earlier record set on July 29, when 24,25,897 people travelled by the metro,” said a spokesperson.
On Line 1, Dilshad Garden—Rithala, 3,60,512 people travelled, while 8,87,003 used the Jahangirpuri—HUDA City Centre Line, 9,81,252 passengers travelled on the Dwarka Sector-21—Noida City Centre/Vaishali Line. The footfalls on the Inderlok/Kirti Nagar—Mundka Line and the Central Secretariat—Badarpur Line were 90,669 and 1,85,464 respectively.
“In addition, the ridership of Airport Express link grew from 10,500 to 12,500 on the same day,” the spokesperson said.
To cater to the growing ridership and tackle the problem of overcrowding in trains, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to introduce the first ever eight coach train on Lines 3 and 4 by end of this month. Two eight coach trains are currently being tested for commissioning into services and 24 eight coach trains are currently run on Line 2 (Jahangirpuri—HUDA City Centre).
The DMRC spokesperson said 68 trains are being converted to eight coaches.
Delhi Metro recorded the highest- ever ridership figure of 25,04,900 on August 8, which surpassed the earlier record set on July 29, when 24,25,897 people travelled by the metro