Staff Reporter

More than 720,000 on each working day of June

NEW DELHI: Offering a quick and comfortable journey to passengers, the Delhi Metro railway has seen a 25 per cent jump in ridership in the past one year.

According to officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the ridership shot up by almost 10 per cent in just a month from May to June this year. The rise has been attributed to the opening of the Shahdara-Dilshad Garden Line (Phase II), the ongoing admission season at Delhi University, and the presence of an increased feeder buses network for metro passengers.

“In June this year, the average daily ridership has been 702,731. The ridership remained more than 720,000 on each working day of June. In June 2007, the average daily ridership stood at 563,095. Thus, in just a year, the daily ridership increased by 139,636, a rise of 24.79 per cent,” the DMRC said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The corresponding period also recorded a rise of 31.62 per cent in daily average revenue, which rose from Rs.62.63 lakh in June 2007 to Rs.82.44 lakh in June this year. From May to June this year, the ridership rose from 641,463 to 702,731, an increase of 9.55 per cent. During this period, the daily average revenue increased by 11.49 per cent -- from Rs.73.93 lakh to Rs.82.44 lakh,” the DMRC claimed.

The Shahdara-Dilshad Garden Line opened to the public on June 4 this year. The DMRC is also operating 97 feeder buses on 16 routes.