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Special train to decongest Rajiv Chowk station

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Three more escalators added at Rajiv Chowk station

Six coach trains soon on the most congested lines


NEW DELHI: In order to decongest the Rajiv Chowk station, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will run an empty train from the Central Secretariat station. With a footfall of 5 lakh daily, the interchange station also poses challenges at the operations and maintenance fronts.

“A special train from Central Secretariat is being run between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Line 2 allowing the passengers at Rajiv Chowk to board an empty train. This exercise, started a week ago, helps us clear the station,” said DMRC Director Operations Raj Kumar.

Passengers are not allowed to board this special train at CTST or Patel Chowk stations. “There is a heavy rush of passengers at CTST and about 50 to 60 persons get in at Patel Chowk. By the time the trains reach Rajiv Chowk they are usually full and the passengers there find it difficult to board the train. For every fourth or fifth trip one special train trip is being run, depending on the crowd situation,” said Mr. Kumar.

The DMRC has also added three more escalators at the Rajiv Chowk station. “The number of escalators has been increased to nine and helps clear the platforms faster,” he said.

Referring to the measures being taken to improve the efficiency, Mr. Kumar said: “We have added more trains on Line 2 (Jehangirpuri to HUDA City Centre). More trains are being converted to the Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode from the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) mode. At present, 17 trains are running on ATO on this corridor and the remaining will also be converted to ATO in four to five months.”

Six coach trains will be introduced in about a month's time. “We will start with the lines that are very congested, like Line 3 (Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre), on which 59 trains are operational. Over the next few months we will introduce six coach trains on Line 3 and subsequently on line 2,” said the DMRC official.

Out of the 59 trains operational on Line 3, 39 will be six coach trains and 36 out of 45 on Line 2 will also be six coach trains. Mr. Kumar said by the end of 2011 all the trains will be converted to six coach ones. “We will however continue to use the four car coaches on stretches that are not too crowded,” he said.

On the issue of frequent signalling and power related snags, Mr. Rajkumar said the metro is currently running 2,700 trips per day carrying 1.5 million passengers, on an average travelling a distance of 17 km each. “On such a vast network snags are common. We are maintaining a frequency of 2:40 minutes on Line 2.”

The DMRC draws power from substations at Kashmere Gate, New Delhi, Jehangirpuri, Indraprastha, Botanical Garden, Sarita Vihar, Chattarpur, HUDA City Centre and Mundka and will have another at Park Street.

“There are other challenges too. For instance passengers not allowing the doors to close or cable thieves. On Thursday rats cut and damaged cables near Jasola on the CTST-Sarita Vihar corridor,” he pointed out.

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