Delhi Metro ridership touches 22 lakh (Second Lead)

August 2nd, 2012 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Within 10 days of registering its highest ever ridership, Delhi Metro Thursday said it set a new record: nearly 22 lakh commuters.

The Metro trains carried 21,95,999 passengers Wednesday, surpassing the 21,26,763 figure of July 23, a Metro statement said.

The company had set a target of 20 lakh for December.

According to Delhi Metro, daily footfall has been rising in the last four months. From 17.33 lakh in April, it jumped to 19.07 lakh in July in the initial period before touching over 21 lakh.

The usually overcrowded Blue Line (Dwarka-Noida City Centre/Vaishali) recorded the maximum ridership of 847,022 followed by Yellow Line (Jahangirpuri-Huda City Centre) at 776,699 commuters Wednesday.

The Red Line (Rithala-Dilshad Garden) took over three lakh passengers.

Delhi Metro normally sees a huge rush on Raksha Bandhan.

Normally, 20 trains are withdrawn during non-peak hours — 12.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. But in view of the festival, these trains remain in service, said an official.

Delhi Metro operates over 2,700 trips a day, covering about 70,000 km and carrying around 1.8 million passengers on week days.

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