A day after the Delhi metro service was crippled due to the northern grid power failure, the ridership figures of the metro service have touched an all time high of 22 lakh on Wednesday.
The huge influx of population in the national capital region (NCR) every year has meant that on any given day, the six metro lines covering 189 km are chockablock with commuters even though trains arrive at stations at a frequency of 2.30 minutes during peak hours.
According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the highest ridership was recorded on the line connecting Dwarka to Noida. A total of 8.47 lakh commuters travelled on the line on Wednesday. The second highest traffic was recorded on the line connecting Gurgaon to Jehangirpuri as the ridership on the line touched 7.76 lakh. This was followed by the metro line connecting Dilshad Garden to Rithala; the ridership figures on the line touched 3.36 lakh.
DMRC officials said that the earlier record of ridership figure was set on July 23 when 21.26 lakh people travelled by the metro in a single day. The DMRC is now in the process of opening additional ticket counters at various stations to meet the ever rising ridership demand. In the last three months, Delhi metro’s average ridership has increased from 17.33 lakh to 19.07 lakh.