Due to a 50 percent limit on seating capacity on train buses, the average wait time to enter Rajiv Chowk, one of Delhi Metro’s busiest stations, was 50 minutes on Saturday.
Since the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is unlikely to provide further easing to the metro for at least a week, long lines of commuters are likely to remain outside stations, especially those serving business districts.
“Peak hour update The average waiting time at Rajiv Chowk is 52 minutes. In case of crowd fluctuations, waiting time will be informed accordingly,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted at 6:12 PM on Saturday.
The DMRC tweeted at 9:42 p.m. that the waiting time at Rajiv Chowk has “normalized”.
The average wait time remains even higher, reaching 80 minutes on certain weekdays, when all offices and branches remain open. An eight-carriage train that can carry up to 2,400 passengers can carry about 250-300 people, as the metro is allowed to operate at a 50 percent capacity. In addition, standing commuter traffic is also not allowed.
Meanwhile, DMRC announced on Saturday that in order to carry out Overhead Equipment (OHE) interconnection work on the yet-to-be-opened section of the Pink Line between Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 and Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake stations, certain stations on the line will remain closed. between July 12 and July 15. DMRC plans to launch services on the stretch by July 31, which will complete the Pink Line upon completion.
“Due to OHE connection works on the section between Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 and Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake, metro services will not be available between IP Extension & Trilokpuri and between Mayur Vihar Ph-I & Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 stations. Also, Mandawali West Vinod Nagar, East Vinod Nagar Mayur Vihar Ph-II, Trilokpuri and Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 stations will remain closed during the above period,” it said.