New Delhi, dated: 24.06.2021
In recent days, long queues have been observed outside metro stations as entry to the stations is regulated due to restrictions on number of passengers to be allowed inside the train. As per the current guidelines, only sitting on alternative seats is permitted and no standing is allowed. Although, DMRC is running maximum numbers of trains, passengers have to wait outside the stations because of the restrictions above.
At present, the carrying capacity of the Delhi Metro as per existing guidelines is in the range of 10-15% only.
The long queues are caused as single entry points only are permitted at most of the Metro stations as in a mass transit system it is difficult to regulate the number of persons inside the system once entry is permitted.
The DMRC is running 5100 train trips everyday with a peak frequency of 2.5 min to 5 min on all the major corridors. This was the same frequency at which Metro was operating during the normal pre-Covid times. The Metro is thus operating and running at its full frequency/capacity but with reduced number of passengers owing to restrictions.