Soon, only 3-minute waiting period for Metro commuters on all lines
The Delhi Metro has set an ambitious target, under which the frequency between two trains will go up significantly, ensuring a waiting period of not more than three minutes for commuters in almost all its sections.
Of the 19 lines, the number of routes where trains are available at a frequency of every 3 minutes or less is only three now. Metro authorities recently submitted a proposal to the Delhi government for the procurement of 916 new coaches, that translate to 102 new trains.
It also includes the conversion of the existing four and six coach trains to six and eight coach, respectively. The proposal, which awaits the clearence of the Centre and the city government, is aimed at tackling “extreme overcrowding” in the rapidly expanding network, which has seen an annual increase of 17.5 per cent in ridership in the last five years.
According to the Detailed Project Report (DPR), trains will run every 1 minute 54 second in the Kashmere Gate-Green Park stretch of Yellow Line, where the frequency is projected to be the highest.
Presently, the frequency on Line 2, which connect Samaypur Badli to Gurgaon’s Huda City Centre, stretch between 2 minute 13 second and 8 minutes. The same will be 2 minute 50 second and 1 minute 54 second if the new coaches are pressed into service. On line 3/4, that connects Dwarka to Noida City Centre, train frequency will range between 3 minute 38 second and 2 minute 25 second.
The number of stretches where trains are available every 3 minutes or less are only three as of now. If the new coaches are deployed, as planned between April 2017 and March 2021, the same will go up to at least 14.
“The overall capital cost for the procurement of additional 916 cars, including infrastructure facilities, at January 2016 price level works out to Rs 13,284 crore. There is a persistent demand from all quarters that DMRC shall endeavour to run the trains with best possible frequency to meet the city’s public transport need,” the report prepared by DMRC said.
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1. Of the 19 lines, where trains are available every 3 minutes or less is only three now
2. Metro authorities have submitted a proposal to the Delhi govt for the procurement of 916 new coaches, that translate to 102 new trains
3.Trains will run every 1 minute 54 second at Kashmere Gate-Green Park stretch on the Yellow Line
4. Trains on Samaypur Badli to Huda City Centre line will run between 2 minute 50 second and 1 minute 54 second if new coaches are pressed into service
5.On line 3/4, that connects Dwarka to Noida City Centre, train frequency will range between 3 minute 38 second and 2 minute 25 second