The Delhi Metro set a new ridership record on the eve of Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) with a record 31.75 lakh users using the metro services to reach different parts of the city to shop and visit friends & relatives. The average ridership these days is roughly 26 lakh users/day which indicates a big spike of an additional 5.75 lakh users. In order to take care of the rush, the DMRC had announced that it would operate an additional 210 trips and deploy additional staff & officers to handle the rush.
Also, with effect August 31, the DMRC would be increasing their daily frequency and running 94 additional trips during off-peak hours.
The Delhi Metro has historically always recorded its highest ridership for the year on the day prior to Rakhi. In 2014, over 25.5 lakh passengers traveled on the day before Rakhi whereas over 21.8 lakh travelled on the day of Rakhi.
By this time next year, the Delhi Metro would have added more routes to its network including the Violet line’s extension to Faridabad (See: PM to Inaugurate Delhi Metro’s Extn to Faridabad on September 6 ) and the extension of the same line northward to Kashmere Gate, so this number is bound to go up significantly.
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