The Delhi Metro on Sunday said it will be adding eight more trains to its existing network from Monday to cater to the increased ridership during peak hours.
According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), every year new commuters join the network in August-September and the decision to increase the number of trains was taken to offer commuters respite during rush hour.
Therefore, two trains each will be added to the Yellow Line, Blue Line, and Violet Line, while one each will pressed into service on the Red Line and Green Line.
“Keeping in view the expected increase in ridership, a study was carried out to prepare an operations plan to make sure that sufficient services were available for the commuters,” the DMRC said in a statement.
“The trains will be added during the peak operational hours and the arrangement will continue for two months. The same may be continued later also depending on the requirement,” it added.
The DMRC increased the number of coaches from 640 to 1,076 — an increase of almost 70 percent — across all networks between 2010 and 2014 in the wake of passenger load of about 25 lakh per day.
All four-coach trains on the “busiest” lines — Yellow Line (HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri), and Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21 to NOIDA City Centre, and Yamuna Bank to Vaishali) — have been converted into 6 and 8-coach trains.
Metro Rails are one of the easiest and most comfortable ways of commuting
Starting with underground railway system in Kolkata the metro rail has come a long way
Delhi Metro was the first modern metro rail in India
Railways are definitely one of the largest and most convenient forms of transportation. And metro rail is more than convenient, it is the lifeline of most of the metropolitan cities in India.
Metro has made everyday commute very easy for people. It is time-saving, cost-effective and most of all, convenient and comfortable. However, what really is the history of metro rail in India? When did it start and where was the first metro in India started?
Wherever Metro is available, people are using it to its fullest. It is natural to be curious about its history too, here is a brief history of metro in India.
The First Metro in India
Delhi may be the first city where modern metro rail system was introduced, but it is not the first city which saw the first metro system in India.
The first metro system was introduced in Kolkata and it completely an underground one. The idea of an underground railway system was conceived by the then Chief Miniter of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy in the 1950s. The first Kolkata Metro was run on run on 24 October 1984 between Dam Dam to Tollygunge. And since then many plans have laid out and carried out successfully to expand the metro rail system in Kolkata.
The history of metro in India may have started in Kolkata. But the modern metro rail history in India definitely starts with Delhi. When one is talking about the history of Metro, one of the most prominent names which come to our mind is, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, also popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’. He was the mastermind behind the Delhi Metro. The popularity of metro rail system in India is all a fruit of his hard work, efforts and dedication.
The first metro in Delhi was run in 2002, which was the Red Line. After it, the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon started in November 2013. It was India’s first privately owned & operated metro.
Metro rail in India uses both standard gauges and broad gauges. Delhi Metro used broad gauge for their earliest lines, but the new metros in other states like Mumbai Metro and Bangalore Metro as well are using the standard gauge.
The metro systems are now also developed in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Chennai. Soon, the metro will also be functional in Lucknow.