Joyride or nightmare: Metro trains too crowded for comfort

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HYDERABAD: With hardly any place to stand, and overcrowded trains suffocating commuters, Metro travel is turning out to be a nightmarish experience for the people.

Families trying to get a Metro ride experience for the first time on Sunday found it difficult to find space even to stand. The aged, women and children were finding it most difficult. The situation was worse for parents with babies.

Despite being aware of the packed conditions, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad does not seem to be sensing the need to operate more trains. During a recent meeting, municipal administration minister K T Rama Rao had also suggested to the Metro rail authorities to increase the number of trains.

A three-coach Metro train can carry 965 passengers. In each coach there is longitudinal seating for 40 passengers. Which means, in each of the trains, there is seating for only 120 passengers, and accordingly 845 passengers can travel standing. If that is how many passengers are actually travelling, the space calculation may just not be right. Or else, there may be more than the number of stipulated standing passengers.

Despite one lakh people taking Metro rail on its first day, authorities are operating a limited number of trains since the commercial operations started on November 29.

The trains are being operated at an interval of 15 minutes from 6 am to 10 pm. Number of passengers using Metro rail is expected to cross 1.75 lakh today. A total of 17.32 lakh passengers have travelled in the Metro rail in its 12 days of operation. With today’s figure, the total for 13 days will be over 19 lakh passengers.

Though the trains are arriving completely packed at many of the stations, especially during the peak hours every day, more passengers are being allowed to get into it by the Metro rail staff on the platforms. Since the train stops only for 20 seconds at each station, passengers are being pushed aside by other passengers who try to get inside the train.

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