Delhiites Beat “Even” Monday Blues, DMRC Says Rush Manageable

DMRC claims that it was successful in handling the expected rush, pushing the ridership to 22.8 lakh on Monday.

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Rajiv Chowk metro station. (Photo: iStockphoto)

With all offices and Delhi’s giant service sector returning to work on the year’s first Monday, the AAP Government’s odd-even scheme faced its real test today with a large number of Delhiites travelling by metro and buses.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) claimed that it was successful in handling the expected rush on all its lines which pushed up the ridership to 22.8 lakh, witnessing a jump of around 2 lakh passengers over last Monday.

Earlier in the day, a picture showing a jam packed Rajiv Chowk metro station trended on Twitter prompting DMRC Chief Mangu Singh to clarify that it is an old image.

The Quint rode through Rajiv Chowk at around 3:30 pm on Monday and found it was business as usual for non-peak hours at the central metro station.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that the Delhi Metro had made all requisite arrangements and capacity to carry 32 lakh commuters.

The odd-even vehicular restriction policy of the Delhi government came into effect on January 1, with thousands of volunteers taking to the streets to assist traffic police in enforcing the pilot plan that will stay in force in the national capital till January 15.

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