Responding to appeals on reducing pollution in the national capital and improving public transit facilities, Delhi Metro has informed the Supreme Court of India that increasing the train frequency to one in every 90 seconds would be highly expensive, and instead there could be an increase in the number of coaches.
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar who represents the DMRC told the Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice R Banumathi that Delhi Metro was increasing the number of coaches in its trains from the existing six to eight coaches, and the corporation has already placed orders for another 429 coaches over the nearly 1,300 coaches that it already has. Under the third phase of the metro’s expansion that would become operational in stages starting December 2016, another 486 coaches would be added, Mr Kumar informed.
The Court asked Delhi Metro its plans for “augmenting rolling stock and increasing the frequency of the trains,” in the context of the odd- even formula, a car rationing programme for the first 15 days of the new year to curb the air pollution in the metro.
This has led to an increase in number of commuters for the Delhi Metro, which had run an additional 70 trips during the trial, over its usual 3,200 trips.