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Nearly 60 lakh commuters traveled on daily basis amid flooding: DMRC

Delhi Metro: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday claimed that nearly 60 lakh commuters traveled on regular basis since past two weeks in the wake of the unprecedented rise of water level in Yamuna triggered by heavy rainfall in several parts of the country. The water level in Yamuna river breached 208.44 mark, […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jul 14, 2023 17:31 IST
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Nearly 60 lakh commuters traveled on daily basis amid flooding: DMRC
Nearly 60 lakh commuters traveled on daily basis amid flooding: DMRC

Delhi Metro: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday claimed that nearly 60 lakh commuters traveled on regular basis since past two weeks in the wake of the unprecedented rise of water level in Yamuna triggered by heavy rainfall in several parts of the country.

The water level in Yamuna river breached 208.44 mark, an all time high, flowing above three meters than the danger mark. The roads of the national capital turned into the rivers on Thursday, halting the day to day activities of the Delhities.

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According to the DMRC spokesperson, the first two weeks passenger journeys during weekdays have crossed 60 lakh mark on multiple days, a phenomenon which is generally witnessed during Mondays only.

“In the past two weeks of this month, Delhi Metro has registered over 60 Lakh (6 million) passenger journeys on multiple days especially the last three days (11, 12, 13 July) of this week. These were the days most impacted by rain especially near the areas such as Kashmere Gate, Yamuna Bank, Mayur Vihar etc. The pattern of passenger journeys on a higher side establishes DMRC’s reliability in the adverse scenario faced by the capital city,” he said.

Informing about the punctuality rate, DMRC spokesperson stated that the Delhi Metro has registered a punctuality rate of 99.87% in this month so far. “Similarly, the reliability rate (actual train trips performed against scheduled train trips in a day) has been registered at record 99.93% during the same period,” he claimed.

Speaking on the flood situation, he said that yesterday when areas near Kashmere Gate were inundated with water, DMRC’s Kashmere Gate Receiving Sub Station (RSS)- the main source of power supply for running of trains/stations on 17 KM stretch of the 34 .5 KM long Red Line was force closed as its main source of power that is Delhi Tansco Limited’s power station located nearby was submerged.

He said that DMRC’s team of engineers planned for such an exigency in advance working overnight to ensure that its services on Red Line are not disrupted even for a minute. “Arrangements were made to keep the Red Line running by providing power supply from remaining two RSSs of the Line i.e, from Rithala RSS (meant for 8 KM stretch only- supplied power to additional 17 KM falling under KG RSS) and Arthla RSS (meant for 9 KM stretch only),” DMRC spokesperson said.

“DMRC is stabling additional trains on the main Line also for the past two days where Depots are in the vicinity of Yamuna which includes Red Line, Yellow Line, Blue Line and Magenta Line. This mechanism ensures that in case these depots are flooded or makes movement of trains difficult to reach the main line due to excess water, DMRC is still able to provide the best possible services on its Lines with the trains already stabled on the mainline,” DMRC spokesperson added.

However, taking the matter to Twitter, DMRC wrote, “Delhi Metro has emerged as the most preferred and reliable mode of transport in the wake of record rain witnessed in recent history and Yamuna River flooding the areas along its plain disrupting lives and movement of thousands of people in the month so far.”

“The first two weeks passenger journeys during weekdays have crossed the 60 lakh mark on multiple days, a phenomenon which is generally witnessed during Mondays only,” DMRC further tweeted.

First published on: Jul 14, 2023 05:30 PM IST

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