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Delhi Metro Operations Update

Points made by Mr. Rajkumar, Director (Operations), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today on Delhi Metro operations:
  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation makes 2,700 trips per day carrying 1.5 million passengers, who on an average travel a distance of 17 kilometres each.
  • Measures taken at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station:  (a) Three more escalators have been commissioned at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station as a crowd control measure, taking the total number of escalators in this station to nine.
    (b) As a special measure to decongest Rajiv Chowk between 7 PM and 8 PM, about four to five train trips are carried empty from Central Secretariat to Rajiv Chowk so that the office hour rush at Rajiv Chowk can be effectively cleared.
  • Measures taken to improve services on Line 2 (Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre):  (a) Three more trains have been added recently on line 2 thus increasing the total number of trains on the corridor to 45. Two more trains will be added within a month.
    (b) On Line 2, more and more trains are being converted to the Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode from the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) mode to increase their efficiency. At present, 17 trains are running on ATO on this corridor and the remaining trains will also be converted to ATO in the next four to five months.
  • Introduction of six coach trains: In a month’s time, six coach trains will be introduced on Line 3 (Dwarka Sector 21 to NOIDA City Centre). Subsequently, six coach trains will also come up on line 2 (Jahangirpuri to HUDA City Centre).
  • Power supply: The DMRC draws power from nine substations at Kashmere Gate, New Delhi, Jahangirpuri, Indraprastha, Botanical Garden, Sarita Vihar, Chattarpur, HUDA City Centre and Mundka. With one more power sub station coming up at Park Street, the total number of sub stations will go up to ten.
  • Thefts: Some cases of thefts of cables have taken place in the Delhi Metro system from time to time. Each train has about 35 kilometres of cables and each Metro station about 150 kilometres of cables running through them.
  • Yesterday, there was damage to cables near Jasola on the Central Secretariat – Sarita Vihar corridor by rats who cut the cables. The DMRC has been using pest control measures to control the same.
  • Yesterday the train services were disrupted by passengers at Hauz Khas Metro Station as a group 0f 30-40 male passengers refused to vacate the coach reserved for ladies. The Delhi Police had to be called in and two of the passengers were detained by the police authorities at Hauz Khas Police station. This detention inconvenienced and delayed about 1.56 lac passengers on Line II (Jahangirpuri-HUDA city Centre) apart from causing monetary loss of 8-9 lacs due to cancellation of the train trips.
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