Eight more trains on Delhi Metro from Monday to meet rise in ridership


In view of a general trend of increased ridership in the months of August and September over the last few years, the Delhi Metro will launch eight more trains across its network from Monday.

The trains have been distributed across the metro’s busiest corridors and will ply during peak hours.

Officials said that the arrangement has meanwhile been done for two months but the same period might be extended depending on the demand.

“Basically the trend is an outcome of a number of factors. It’s mainly because of the fact that new session of the colleges commence during this period,” a metro official said.

“Also the office-going public seems to be more regular probably due to less number of holidays,” the official added.

A study had been carried out to prepare an operations plan so that sufficient services were available for the commuters, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.

Two trains will be added each to the Yellow and Blue Lines, making the number of trains plying along this busy route rise to 55 and 64 respectively.

Trains will now be available after every 2 minutes 18 seconds interval on the Yellow Line and after 2 minutes 30 seconds on the Blue Line.

One train each is also being added on the Red Line (Rithala to Dilshad Garden) and Green Line (Inderlok to Mundka).

With two trains added to the Violet Line, the number of train services will rise to 31 on this route.

However, frequency of trains on Violet Line is likely to be affected because of the ongoing extension to Faridabad.

“These trains were added from the operational maintenance reserve kept in the metro train depots by optimizing the required maintenance schedule.”

“The train maintenance wing of DMRC has reworked the entire maintenance planning so that more trains are made available to the general public of city and NCR region,” the statement added.