Extra metro trips on Raksha Bandhan

August 10th, 2011 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) The Delhi Metro will run 200 extra trips on Saturday to avoid overcrowding on Raksha Bandhan - the festival which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters, an official said Wednesday.

“The metro will provide extra 200 trips and the trains will run at peak hour frequency from morning 8 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Saturday,” Delhi Metro spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.

Normally, 15 trains are withdrawn from the lines during non-peak hours — 12.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. But in view of the festival rush, these trains will be kept in service to provide 200 extra trips that day.

The Delhi Metro normally witnesses a huge rush on Raksha Bandhan — about one lakh extra commuters travel every year on the festival day.

In 2010, 12.02 lakh passengers travelled on the day of the festival.

Apart from additional train trips, extra manpower will be deployed at customer facilitation and ticket counters, the official said.

The Delhi Metro covers about 165 km with over 137 metro stations and ferries about 17 lakh commuters on weekdays.

On Raksha Bandhan, a colourful string called ‘rakhi’ is tied on the right wrists of brothers by sisters who pray for their well being. Meanwhile, brothers promise to take care of their sisters.

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