Delhi Metro to add 258 new coaches
New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) The Delhi Metro will add 258 more coaches to its existing fleet of trains plying on the Yellow, Blue, and Red Lines, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced on Friday.
The DMRC will use these coaches to induct 14 new eight-coach trains on the Yellow Line connecting Jahangirpuri and HUDA City Centre and three new trains on the Blue Line connecting Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre/ Vaishali.
The remaining coaches will be added to the existing four- or six-coached trains.
To increase the carrying capacity on these lines, orders were placed for the additional coaches — 162 coaches being provided by Bombardier, and 96 coaches by Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML).
The first two new coaches were pressed into service on Friday, after having been added to a six-coach train on the Blue Line at Yamuna Bank. All the 258 coaches are expected to be delivered by 2017-end.
The Delhi Metro currently operates a fleet of 227 train sets on all six of its corridors and carries over 27 lakh passengers every day. Three lines — yellow, blue and red — together carry over 20 lakh passengers daily.