New eight-coach Metro train can hold 600 more
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High Capacity 2 new trains on Yellow Line.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) marked 10 years of Metro operations by inducting the city's first eight-coach Metro train into service on Monday.
DMRC officials said according to earlier plans, Union Urban Minister Kamal Nath and the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were going to inaugurate the eight-coach train.
However, due to security concerns after Sunday's violent protests, the eight-coach Metro was launched without much fanfare on the Yellow Line (Janhangir Puri to Huda City Centre).
"The eight-coach Metro was inducted into service on schedule at 11.30 am from Vishwavidyalaya Metro station. At present, two eight-coach trains have been inducted into service. The other fleet of eight-coach trains will be pressed into service in a phased manner," a DMRC spokesperson said.
Eight-coach Metro trains will also be introduced on the Blue Line (Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali). The DMRC will induct a total of 68 eight-coach trains into service.
"The new trains will carry 600 commuters more than six-coach trains and will tremendously boost the capacity of the Delhi Metro. The seats reserved for senior citizens and physically challenged persons will be also increased," the official said.
In each car of six-coach trains, four seats are reserved for senior citizens and physically challenged people.
The new trains will have eight seats for senior citizens and physically challenged people in the DT cars (first and last compartment) and 12 seats in other compartments.
According to this arrangement, in the DT cars the seats reserved for senior citizens and differently abled people will increase by 100 per cent and 300 per cent other compartments.
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