During the four Puja days, Metro will run from 10am to 10pm at 20min intervals along the north-south corridor. For East-West Metro, which is used by very few people, services will be from 2pm to 8pm and trains will ply every 30 minutes.
The north-south line’s existing Sunday schedule will be replicated from Saptami (Friday) till Dashami (Monday), with the first and last trains leaving at 10am and 9pm. Currently, there are no Sunday services along the East-West corridor. Footfall for Sector V-Phoolbagan section hovers around 400 against the Kavi Subhas-Noapara’s nearly 90,000 ridership.
Metro Railway’s general manager Manoj Joshi said, “We did plan some special services, but the high court doesn’t want crowding. We cannot work contrary to the directive.” Puja organizers on Tuesday moved a review petition before the high court. Even if there is a revised order on Wednesday, it will be too late to reorganize the slots for e-pass booking. Sanjay Chatterjee, whom the state government has appointed to develop the URL for e-passes, said, “We will require at least 24 hours to change the slots.”
Meanwhile, East-West Metro added a seventh train to its existing fleet on Tuesday. There are 14 now BEML-made rakes for East-West Metro.