It seems that Delhi metro is on a record setting spree. Just after six days of setting highest ever ridership, the premier transport of the capital has surpassed its earlier record as more than 18 lakh passengers commuted took metro on Monday. According to a DMRC official, the figure stood at 18, 30,944 as compared to the previous figure of 17,71,668 on July 25. The official further added that the ridership is witnessing increase during weekdays.
It is to be noted that DMRC has added 2.5 lakh passengers in the first six months and the average daily ridership which stood at 13.59 lakh in January 2011 stood at 16.08 lakh in July 2011. Notably metro has evolved as the most sought after transportation system in the capital as it is fast and efficient. The Noida line recorded the maximum ridership followed by the Gurgaon line. Significant increases in number of passengers were witnessed at stations such as Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Barakhamba Road, Garden Estate etc.
DMRC runs 200 train sets with 59 of them having 6 coaches. Delhi metro’s phase 3 is expected to be completed by 2016 which will make it one of the fastest expanding metro networks in the world carrying about 40 lakh commuters.