2.5 Projection of ridership
2.5.1 According to the DPR of 1995, 31.85 lakh passenger trips per day (i.e. ridership)
was expected on completion of the Project in the year 2005. The subsequent DPR of 2003
projected daily ridership of 22.60 lakh. With this extent of ridership projection, benefits
of speedier and safer travel for commuters, abatement of atmospheric pollution, reduction
in fuel consumption, reduced accident rates and decongestion of roads were expected.
2.5.2 The highest daily average ridership attained was, however, 6.62 lakh only in
November 2007, which was 21 per cent of the original projections and 29 per cent of the
revised figure. The reasons for the shortfall in ridership were stated to be mainly as
(i) Higher fare structure of Metro in comparison to the other modes of Public
(ii) For commuters the cost barrier went beyond the cost of Metro tickets, to also
include cost of travel from the residence to the Metro Station and from the Metro
Station to the workplace;
(iii) Lack of proper connectivity; and
(iv) Lack of feeder bus system for adjoining area to Metro System.
2.5.3 Despite low ridership, there was congestion on the Metro during peak hours. The
congestion was attributable to various factors like lower number of passenger cars, suboptimal
speed over the rail network, lower frequency of trains, and absence of differential
fares during peak hours.
When i read through the report i felt what manivanan said regarding the efficiency of governments holds true, even if its DMRC headed by a stalwart like Sreedharan. Delhi metro phase I was on schedule, which is commendable. Overall the ridership is 1/3rd or less compared to the projection(both original and revised).
IMPLICATIONS FOR BANGALORE METRO PHASE:
With these figures the hopes of decongesting bangalore(namma metro) with phase I seems like a pipe dream. It wouldn't meet any projection i feel. It would be good if someone can shed more light on ridership targets for phase I of bangalore metro.