Delhi Metro Records Highest Ridership In 6 Years With 67 Lakh Commuters On First Day Of 2024

On January 1, 2024, Delhi Metro witnessed 67 lakh commuters across metro stations in the capital.

by Sanjana Shenoy
Delhi Metro Records Highest Ridership In 6 Years With 67 Lakh Commuters On First Day Of 2024

Whether Delhiites were partying, meeting friends, visiting places of worship or watching a movie on the first day of 2024, one thing remains common — riding the Delhi Metro. The testimony to this is that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recorded the highest ridership in 6 years on January 1, 2024 with 67 lakh commuters on the first day of 2024.

Delhi Metro Witnessed 67 Lakh Commuters on Jan 1, 2024

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According to a report by Hindustan Times, 49.16 lakh people commuted by Delhi Metro on January 1, 2023. On the same day, the previous year, 23.66 lakh people used the metro services. On January 1, 2021, Delhi Metro witnessed 18.07 lakh people, 55.26 lakh people travelling by metro in 2020 and 50.16 lakh in 2019.

On the first day of 2024, a whopping 67 lakh people commuted by Delhi Metro. On the first day of the New Year, serpentine queues were seen at numerous metro stations in the capital, including Central Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk and Patel Chowk. One of the reasons for the humongous rise in metro services could be due to the ‘One Delhi’ mobile application. This recently integrated ticketing service helps commuters embark on hassle-free journeys. It streamlines travel arrangements for Delhi Metro passengers and DTC bus commuters with QR tickets.

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Bengaluru Metro Reported 30 Per Cent Rise In Ridership In 2023

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Anuj Dayal, DMRC Principal Executive Director stated to Hindustan Times, that the One Delhi app has around 3 lakh active users, sells around 1.5 lakh tickets per day. Thanks to this One Delhi app, both commuters can have a single channel for booking metro and bus tickets. Currently, DMRC sells digital QR tickets through not one but multiple channels. These include DMRC Travel app, Phonepe, Ridlr, DMRC Saarthi (Momentum 2.0) app, Paytm and WhatsApp.

Not just Delhi Metro, even Bengaluru Metro recorded a humungous rise in footfall. According to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) 2.13 crore people used metro services in December 2o23. This is the highest on average per month. BMRCL earned a handsome ₹55 crore in fare revenue. A report by Deccan Herald states that the metro ridership rose by 30 per cent in 2023.

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Meanwhile, Delhiites do let us know if you travelled by Delhi Metro on the first day of 2024?

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