New Delhi: To tackle huge rush expected during the India International Trade Fair, the Delhi Metro has set up 43 manual tickets counters at the Pragati Maidan station and will run 200 extra trips every day for nine days beginning Saturday.

Delhi Metro will run trains with a peak hour frequency throughout the day from 8 am to 9 pm.

The special arrangements have been made for the general public as the fair will be opened for them from Saturday.

"This means an additional 15 trains will be put into service which are normally withdrawn during off peak hours and will perform approximately 200 extra train trips every day during the fair," DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

A total of 43 manual token counters with separate counters for specific token denominations and destinations will be put up at the Pragati Maidan Metro station on all working days.

During weekends and holidays, the number of these counters will go up to 52.

"To avoid overcrowding, all tokens will be sold from ground floor only. No tokens will be sold from concourse level," he said, adding that there will be one security guard to streamline and control the crowd.

Additional customer facilitation agents also may be deployed at stations like Central Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate for guiding and managing the crowd in the ticketing area.

Directional signage indicating the way towards the platforms, tokens, entry/exit points, security messages, system maps, fare charts, passenger information, last train and token timings, time of opening of counters etc will also be put up at some required locations, Dayal said.

Permanent toilets, he said, have been constructed near Gate no 3 of Pragati Maidan Metro Station. Around 20 temporary kiosks to provide drinking water and snacks to the visitors will also come up.

Visitors pay more for parking

Sensing huge footfalls during the India International trade fair (IITF), held at Pragati Maidan, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has raised the parking charges.

People visiting the trade fair are charged high parking prices for duration of six hours. Two wheelers are charged Rs 40 while cars Rs 100.

For the convenience of the visitor during the trade fair, Metro makes extra rounds. From November 19 Metro plying on the Pragati Maidan route will make more rounds to provide a speedy service to the daily commuters.

To enhance its revenues DMRC has also devised other means for additional income like raising the parking charges.

Two wheeler owners who use to pay Rs 5 are now paying Rs 40, whereas the car owners are paying a whooping amount Rs 100 as the parking charge for just six-hour duration.
On exceeding the six-hour duration, the two wheelers are charged an extra Rs 20 and cars Rs 50. Cycles are charged Rs 2 for parking.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies