While the Delhi Metro railway was busy placing extra reinforcements to tackle Thursday’s crowds, it in fact recorded the highest ridership on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with 22 lakh people preferring to take the Metro on Wednesday. The Delhi Metro’s average daily ridership has shot up from 17.33 lakh in April to 19.07 lakh in July.
Breaking its own previous record by a margin of over 60,000 commuters, it recorded the highest ever ridership of 2,195,999 on a single day. The last record was set on July 23 with 2,126,763 passengers. Across its six lines, the Delhi Metro also grossed highest ridership in each of those lines.
Across the six corridors, Line 3 and 4 (Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre/Vaishali) recorded the highest ridership of 847,022, followed by Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-HUDA City Centre) at 776,699, Line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) at 336,873, and while Line 6 (Central Secretariat-Badarpur) saw 156,503 commuters, Line 5 (Inderlok/Kirti Nagar-Mundka) recorded 78,902.
To cater to the growing ridership, additional ticket counters have been opened at 24 metro stations, including Dilshad Garden, Shahdara, Seelampur, Jahangirpuri, Azadpur, Adarsh Nagar, MG Road, IFFCO Chowk, HUDA City Centre, Vaishali, Uttam Nagar East, Dwarka Mor, Moolchand, Sarita Vihar and Badarpur.
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