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Posted: Sep 08 2018 (07:15)

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Sep 08 2018 (07:15)   More Metro trains to tackle rush

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KOLKATA: Metro Railway will be running more trains over the weekend to meet the rush of commuters, who are preferring to take the Metro to avoid the rush on the surface following the flyover collapse. Over the last three days, Metro has witnessed an increase in passenger volume by nearly 50,000. Most of the those availing Metro services after Tuesday are from Behala. They avail trains from either Mahanayak Uttam Kumar, Rabindra Sarobar or Kalighat stations.
“On Monday, the total number of passengers ferried by us was 6.26 lakh. Before the bridge collapsed, this would go up to 6.5 lakh on certain days. On Tuesday, the passenger count shot up to 7.19 lakh. It was 7.12 lakh on Wednesday and 7.15 lakh
on Thursday. We realise that the additional rush is for people from Behala and beyond. The rush is expected to continue during the weekends and additional services will be run,” Metro Railway CPRO Indrani Banerjee said.
Metro runs 224 services on Saturdays. Henceforth, the number of services will go up to 250. On Sundays, the number of services will go up to 136 from the normal 110. “Despite operational constraints, we are doing our best to extend all help to the people in need. Most people are now commuting by road to Mahanayak Uttam Kumar and taking the Metro from there,” Banerjee added.
While it may not be a problem to accommodate passengers on weekends, the going may get tough on week days, when Metro runs 300 services and commuters often complain of over-crowded trains and discomfort. If this additional rush continues, particularly during the peak hours, there is a possibility of major chaos at the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar station.
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