Waiting time for Metro commuters up
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Those preferring to travel by bus from Ghatkopar or Andheri station for short distances are switching to the Metro, though not everyone. For example, Badlapur resident Ajay Rane said, “I used to share an auto to Bhatwadi, but in the absence of buses, queues are longer for autos. So now I prefer to get down at Jagruti Nagar and walk almost a km to my workplace.” Andheri to Marol Naka is another route to have witnessed a growth of Metro ridership by over 30%. On an average, 22,000 people travel on this route a day.
The increase in ridership has meant that commuters now have to wait in long queues at stations like Andheri and Ghatkopar for 15-20 minutes before they are able to enter the station. MMOPL has increased the number of ticketing counters at critical stations to cater to additional patronage. Additional manpower was deployed for crowd management and to assist Metro first-time users. In order to ensure a secure environment, senior managerial staff was deputed at the stations.