Nagpur: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two new routes of Nagpur Metro, the number of commuters in a single day reached a record level of more than one lakh on Monday.
The previous record was also set on August 15 this year with 91,319 views. According to Mahametro officials, the number of passengers between 6 am and 8 pm on Monday was 1,00,340. “At the end of the day, the cumulative ridership is expected to touch the 1.10 lakh mark,” They said.
The total ridership on the first day of the two new routes was 79,701 – the highest ever for a Sunday. “On the first day, MahaMetro had extended the schedule till 10.30 pm, half an hour ahead of the regular time. Even though the metro services were not operational till afternoon due to the opening of the two sections, such a high ridership was recorded,” said in a release.
Number of passengers was 83,876 on 5 October of the same year
According to official figures, the number of Metro commuters in Nagpur is increasing steadily. “The number of commuters traveling by Metro is increasing with each passing day. Looking at the growing trend, we are making relevant changes based on the requirement of passengers or the need of the day.” added officers.
Apart from Independence Day, the number of passengers was 83,876 on 5 October of the same year, on which day the city also celebrated Dussehra and Dhamma Chakra Day. “Significant ridership was also recorded on September 23, the day India-Australia T20 match was held in Nagpur, when a total of 80,814 passengers traveled by metro,” said in the release.
Around two routes from Kasturchand Park to Automotive Square (Reach-II) and from Prajapati Nagar to Sitabuldi Interchange (Reach-IV) witnessed a heavy rush of commuters since morning, Because the Central Avenue route was extremely popular.