In the last few days, Mumbai witnessed heavy showers in several pockets, leaving parts of the city inundated with rainwater. While public transport systems such as BEST buses and trains remained disrupted to some extent, it was the recently opened elevated Metro Lines 2A and 7 that came to the people’s rescue.
The trains on these connecting lines, which serve Mumbai’s eastern and western suburbs, were on time, making them the most popular choice among residents of Mumbai.
According to Metro officials, all 253 of the scheduled trains ran on July 26 in order to transport 2.22 lakh passengers. On this day, there was a 3,600% rise in ridership.
On July 25, 2,18,635 passengers availed the metro services while on July 24, the ridership was 2,12,490.
In a press release, Maha Mumbai Metro Operation Corporation Limited (MMMOCL) attributed the increase in ridership to the current monsoon.
Even in bad weather, the Mumbai Metro continues to provide residents of Mumbai with a dependable and practical form of transportation, according to the officials. According to a statement, the rise in daily ridership is evidence of the confidence and trust Mumbai residents have in the Metro system.
Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, IAS, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA & CMD, MMMOCL on the increase in ridership said, “We are delighted to see Mumbaikars choosing the sustainable and environmentally friendly option of the Mumbai Metro amid heavy rainfall. We understand the challenges faced by the people during this time and are committed to providing them with a hassle-free and sustainable mode of travel.”