Delhi Metro inducts six-coach trains (Third Lead)

December 23rd, 2010 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) The Delhi Metro Thursday night inducted two six-coach trains on the Dwarka-Noida and Dwarka-Anand Vihar routes to ease soaring crowds on the network. The two trains left the Yamuna Bank station at 9.30 p.m. According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the move will ensure a comfortable ride for commuters, given the huge rush in the the present four-coach trains.

DMRC Director (rolling stock) H.S. Anand said that six-coach trains were likely to be introduced on the Jahangirpuri-HUDA City Centre line by Feb 15 as this Metro stretch, one of the busiest, carries about 12 lakh passengers daily.

“There are specific stopping points for four-coach trains on the platforms but once the six-coach trains come, the points will change. To get passengers used to the change, the stopping points have been changed on the platforms of this route from Thursday morning itself,” he said.

The additional coaches will be able to accommodate about 600 more passengers per trip.

At present, a four-coach train has a carrying capacity of 1,200-1,500 passengers. The six-coach train will be able to take in about 1,800-2,100 people per trip.

The DMRC now carries about 16 lakh passengers daily. With the introduction of six-coach trains, the Metro aims to ferry 25 lakh people by October, an official said.

There are 54 trains on the Jahangirpuri-Huda City Centre route now. This will be go up to 60.

The number of trains on the Dilshad Garden-Rithala route will go up by four to 29 but they will continue to be four-coach trains.

The Noida City Centre-Dwarka sector has 64 trains, and DMRC plans to increase the number by seven. Of the 71, 39 will be six-coach and 32 four-coach trains.

“At present there are 188 trains but by the end of 2011 the total number of trains will be 208, out of which 113 will be four-coach,” a DMRC official said.

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