Eight-coach train on Blue Line from today

The first of 31 eight-coach Delhi Metro train will be pressed into service on the Dwarka Sector-21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali line early on Monday morning. The move will provide relief to thousands of passengers travelling in and out of central Delhi from the outskirts of the Capital. “This eight-coach train will be introduced into service from Dwarka metro station at 8 a.m. on Monday and will go towards Noida City Centre,” said a statement from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The other trains will be introduced on the popular Blue Line in a phased manner.

Incidentally, the entire Delhi Metro network had been designed on the model of eight-coach trains but it took a long time for the first of such trains to be introduced in the system. The first such train was introduced on the Yellow Line from HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri on December 24 last year, to coincide with the 10{+t}{+h}anniversary of the start of Metro services.

In view of the higher ridership expected on account of Raksha Bandhan, the Delhi Metro will run 300 extra train trips each on Monday and Tuesday. It will also deploy additional personnel to cater to the rush of commuters. “Trains will be run at peak-hour frequency from 8 a.m. to 8-30 p.m. on August 19 and 20, and trains which are normally withdrawn from lines during off peak hours (between 11-30 a.m. and 4-30 p.m.) will be kept in service, performing around 300 extra trips making a total of about 2,900 trips on that day,” said a statement.

To run 300 extra train trips for Raksha Bandhan on Monday and Tuesday