"The trips will be increased during non-peak hours whereas the frequency is anyways two minutes during peak rush hours", a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) source said yesterday.

Though rough estimates say the Delhi Metro trains will ferry an additional 4-5 lakh commuters every day during the implementation of the odd-even scheme in the national capital, officials stated that they had no clear idea on how many extra commuters will use the system on days they are not allowed to use their cars.

"We cannot put a number to it", said the official. The Metro rail will not be able to add additional coaches on existing trains as new ones are scheduled to be delivered only by December 2016.

"We will try our best with the facilities we have in hand. Usually, there is a slump in ridership between 11 am and 4 pm; we will increase the frequency of service during that time slot", the official said.

The Delhi government's 15-day odd-even scheme will be enforced from today in a bid to control pollution in the national capital.

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