New Delhi: In an attempt to increase its ridership, the Delhi Metro is now trying to attract more people to travel in the lean hours, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) MD Mangu Singh said on Monday. He added that they are looking for certain target groups, so that travelling could be promoted in non-peak hours.

"We are evaluating how we can increase the ridership in non-peak hours," Mangu Singh said. Delhi Metro presently has an average ridership of 20.1 million people per day. However, according to officials, 60-65 percent of this is usually in peak hours - 9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm. Of this, nearly 40 percent ridership is between 9 am to 11 am.

"The average capacity of a coach is 300 people. However, on an average, only 78 people travel in every coach each day. This is because the lean hours have very low foot fall," the DMRC chief said.

"We can get in touch with groups like those going to some gurudwara, temple or mosque, or school, senior citizens etc to increase ridership in lean hour," he said. Giving examples from other countries, the DMRC chief also said that staggered office timings can also help changing this scene.

"Offices can consider staggered timing so that the rush hour can be spread. Those offices which are finding their employees getting late due to metro rush can do so," he said. Mangu Singh added that DMRC was also contemplating to introduce a system, where those who use metro parking areas, but do not travel in the metro, will be fined.

"A lot of people park their cars in DMRC parking areas but do not board the metro. We are contemplating to introduce a system where parking in DMRC areas would be on the basis of a smart card. Those who do not board the metro within a specified time will be fined," he said.


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