Wait­ing time for Metro com­muters up

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

From P 1

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.

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