Delhi Metro: Red Line Commuters Continue To Face Frequency Issue

Delhi Metro: Red Line Commuters Continue To Face Frequency Issue

Delhi Metro. (File photo)

Delhi Metro tackles overcrowding & frequency issues on Red Line by adding 2 coaches per train, easing commute for thousands amidst city’s bustle.

Delhi is one of the most populated cities and is always on the go. Amidst all that hustle and bustle, the Delhi metro is a lifesaver for commuters, especially when it comes to battling the city’s notorious traffic woes.

It is one of the most popular and preferred public transports in the Capital, which is now suffering from frequency issues. Previously, all trains on the oldest route, the Red Line (Rithala-New Bus Adda Ghaziabad), ran with six coaches, which was insufficient to cope with the rise in the number of travellers.

So, the Delhi Metro decided to solve this issue by adding two additional coaches to each of the trains, like the Blue and Yellow lines of the Delhi Metro. After which, the trains on the Red Line started operating with eight coaches.

However, the frequency of trains still remains a major issue on this route, as the Red Line corridor is one of the busiest routes of Delhi Metro and is suffering from a low frequency of metro journeys, as reported by Jagran English.

In 2018, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) ordered more than 120 coaches for the Blue, Red and Yellow lines. All of these coaches arrived in Delhi in 2021. These coaches were originally placed in trains on the blue and yellow lines. Thereafter, the work to convert the 34.55-kilometer-long Red Line metro into eight-coach trains began in November 2022.

The Red Line of the Delhi Metro currently operates with as many as 30 trains, and over 14 of these were converted into eight-coach vehicles by June last year. The extra coaches were then added to 23 additional metro trains on this line during the last nine months.

Currently, 37 metro trains along this route have been converted into eight coaches, and a total of 74 additional coaches have been added to these. A metro coach has seats that may accommodate approximately 50 passengers.

However, a metro coach can carry around 350 passengers. Therefore, with the addition of two extra coaches, 600–700 more passengers will be able to travel in a metro on the Red Line.

The time gap on weekends between two trains during peak hours is 3 minutes and 21 seconds from Dilshad Garden to Rithala, according to the Delhi Metro. However, this surpasses 4 minutes during off-peak hours.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation further stated that this time gap might exceed up to 5 minutes on weekends, reported Jagran English.

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