Jaipur Metro: Poor turnout in Ridership worries Chief Secretary

secy-moia-rajiv-mehrishiJaipur (JP):  In a review meeting of Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) officials, chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Friday showed apprehensions about achieving the target ridership after they begin commercial operations.

N.C.Goel, Chief Managing Director, JMRC, said, “As per the detailed project report, the estimated ridership between Mansarovar and Chandpole is 1.5 lakh and between Mansarovar to Badi Chaupar is 2.1 lakh. Discussions were made to increase the ridership.”

Official sources said since the corporation is not expecting to meet the estimated ridership, new methods are being explored to ensure a better response. “Recently, a proposal to discontinue low-floor bus service between Mansarovar and Chandpole route was floated. JMRC expects nearly 40 passengers per day will switch to the new mode of transport,” said an official source.

“The buses running at present can be utilized as feeder buses after revising the routes. This will not only improve connectivity but will also save resources and encourage people to use Metro.”

The driver cabin coach has a capacity of 315, whereas the other coaches can carry 342 passengers. The total capacity of the train would be of 1,314 passengers. One coach can carry passengers of around six buses, said the source.

If the proposal fails, Jaipur Metro from Mansarovar to Chandpole, a 9.25 km-long track, might run at an interval of 15 minutes once operational.

“Fear looms large that the trains might run empty as it is unlikely that the estimated ridership will be met. We are also mulling a proposal to increase interval between two trains,” added the source.

As per the report of the two tracks, JMRC decided to run a train within an interval of eight minutes and at peak hours the gap will be reduced to six minutes.