Kolkata: The Metro Railway Kolkata registered its “highest-ever” footfall of 9.22 lakh commuters on October 3, an official said on Wednesday. It carried 49.5 lakh passengers during the Durga Puja days from ‘Chaturthi’ to ‘Navami’ (October 2-7), spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said.
- The Metro Railway Kolkata earned Rs 4.8 crore during this span, a 10.7% rise from the figures posted in the corresponding period of 2018, she said.
- The 49.5-lakh passenger count is 5.7% more than the number of people it carried in the previous year, Banerjee said.
- On October 15, 2018, it had carried 9.07 lakh commuters, which is the second-highest footfall in its history, the spokesperson added.
- According to sources, two rakes each will be rolled out in the months of October, November and December while one rake each will be put to service in the months of January, February and March.
- The metro rail authorities, however, are giving particular emphasis to replace the non AC rakes with air-conditioned ‘Medha’ rakes.
- The first rakes to be replaced are the 3 non AC rakes from BHL.
- While 4 rakes are to be brought from Modern Coach Factory (MCF) in Raebareli, some of the rakes are to be brought from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai.
- Apart from this, Metro Rail has increased the number of daily services.