1. Odd, even rule: 2 lakh more passengers take Metro on first Monday

Odd, even rule: 2 lakh more passengers take Metro on first Monday

Delhi Metro's ridership went up by two lakh yesterday, the first full-fledged working day since the odd-even scheme for movement of vehicles came...

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 5, 2016 9:36 PM

Delhi Metro’s ridership went up by two lakh yesterday, the first full-fledged working day since the odd-even scheme for movement of vehicles came into force in the national capital, even as DMRC officials said the train service has previously witnessed larger riderships.

Although at 28,19,657 yesterday, the figure was a good two lakh above the average daily ridership of 26 lakh, metro officials say it was nothing unusual as every first working day of the week sees such large passenger volume.

As per official data, three of the last five working Mondays saw more passengers travelling on the network than yesterday. On December 21, ridership had touched 28,88,128.

On Blue Line (Line 3/4), considered as one of the most busiest corridors, four of the five Mondays had saw more ridership. On December 21, it was 10,61,814 as opposed to yesterday’s 10,09,105.

The 51-km-long section connects Noida City Centre and Vaishali to Dwarka Sector 21.

Yesterday, a picture showing a jam packed Rajiv Chowk metro station went viral on social media prompting Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Chief Mangu Singh to clarify that it was an old image.

“Delhi Metro was successful in handling the expected huge rush on all its lines, on the first working Monday of the year. All necessary measures were already planned in advance and were in place to manage any additional rush of passengers. All lines and stations were thoroughly monitored throughout the day,” DMRC said in a statement.

During the 15-day odd-even trial, DMRC has planned to run 70 additional trips daily, taking the total figure to 3,192 to handle passenger rush.

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  1. Hemen Parekh
    Jan 12, 2016 at 6:49 am
    One Thing At a Time , Please ! That is what the Delhi High Court seems to be telling Delhi Government ! It is telling Delhi Government : " Before extending the odd-even rule beyond 15th Jan , tell us how much did it improve the AQI level in Delhi during the past 10 days " Poor Mr Gopal Rai ! Not being an expert on Air Pollution , he cannot say : " Your Honour ! It would take many months of such experimentation to conclude how much AQI improves by removing 10 lakh vehicles from the roads And it will take a few years to : * Build separate lanes for BRTS / Bicycles * Introduce 10,000 buses ( Public Transport ) * Introduce many more Metro lines * Introduce FREE bicycles which can be picked up / used / left anywhere by public * Introduce CNG driven vehicles / CNG filling stations by hundreds * Introduce electric cars which re-charge from power generated by Solar (not fossil power ) * Dismantle fossil fuel powered power plants ( contribution = 21 % ) * Pave those unpaved roads ( contribution = 17.8 % ) * Sprinkle water on already paved roads ( contribution = 11.8 % ) * Stop open burning of Landfills ( contribution = 10.8 % ) * Stop Construction caused dust ( contribution = 8.54 % ) * Stop smoke from Bakery Chimneys ( contribution = 5.8 % ) * Stop Stone Crusher dust ( contribution = 5.2 % ) * Remove ALL vehicles from the roads ( contribution = 5.8 % ) * Introduce staggered working hours in offices / factories * Cover entire Delhi city with 100 Mbps FREE Wi-Fi , so that working from homes become possible thru Skype / Face Time etc * Make all educational content available ( free ) over Google Loon / Amazon Drones , so that all schools and colleges can be shut down * Introduce online purchase of all goods / services so people do not need go shopping and all deliveries are through drones { Although , Pollution Contribution % mentioned above , are for Mumbai , as estimated by CPCB / NEERI , and reported in Times of India / 08 Jan 2016 , situation is same in Delhi } Your Honour , Do you want us to take up only ONE remedial measure AT A TIME , to see how much contribution does it make towards improvement of AQI , while holding other factors " constant " , as at present ? How many DAYS will you allow us to isolate the improvement due to each factor ? Between two experiments, how many days shall we return to " Status Quo Ante " ? We request Your Honour to make Lt Governor of Delhi / National Green Tribunal / Environment Ministry / Transport Ministry etc , a party to this litigation and p appropriate ORDERS in this matter ,which are binding on all ( and not merely " guiding " ) " ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemen parekh 12 Jan 2016 / blogs

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