New Delhi: Keeping in mind the bloating number of passengers in metro trains, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to increase the number of coaches from four to six.

Presently, DMRC has only 15 six coach metros plying on the various routes. To accommodate more passengers, DMRC has set a target to use only six coach trains on all routes by 2013. In this regard, the Corporation has already placed an order of 136 new coaches with Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML). An advance of Rs 925 crore has been handed over to BEML.

According to official sources, BMEL will hand over the first consignment of new metro coaches to DMRC from September 2012. Thereafter, DMRC will start with the process to add two additional coaches in all the metro trains.

In the initial phase of the project, new coaches will be added in metros plying on the broad gauge line. Thereafter, in the second phase, DMRC will take up the task of increasing the number of coaches on metros operating on the standard gauge line.

It is worth mentioning that the first six-coach metro plied on the Dwarka-Noida route in December 2010.

Observing the rush of passengers on the Line 3 (Dwarka-Noida), the DMRC has decided to raise the number of metro coaches. DMRC has also received several suggestions in this regard from the commuters.

JPN/Bureau