The Kolkata railways shared that the Kolkata Metro registered its highest-ever footfall which was counted more than nine lakh passengers on the sixth day of Durga Puja festival.
The Kolkata Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee shared that approximately 9.11 lakh passengers used the Kolkata Metro services on Shashti which was on Monday and declared it as highest footfall recorded by the Kolkata Metro since its inception 34 years ago.
The official even shared about the last highest passenger count which was observed on September 25 this year with 8.78 lakh.
Ms Banerjee said “We have a handy tourist guide for passengers which will tell them which station they need to get off to see the pandals of their choice. It is in the form of a cut-out which they can carry in their pockets” adding that most of the big pujas in the city were covered by metro.
She even informed that maintenance work was being done at night which made them work 24×7. Everything is being monitored by the General Manager, Kolkata Metro, PC Sharm. The department had been encouraging its staff to provide maximum assistance and support to the passengers.
Ms Banerjee even shared about the Bagbazar pandal which would complete 100 years this year and was one of the most visited pandals in the city. For going there one had to get down at Shobhabazar.
For Mohammad Ali Road pandal visit, which would complete 50 years, one needs to get down at Mahatma Gandhi Road station or Central station.
The Kolkata Metro provided 300 services on Monday and will incorporate by providing 224 services on Saptami, Ashtami and Navami during the puja to avoid the rush.
The metro will be open from 1.40pm to 4.00 am for passengers to see pandals.
On the last day, Dasami, it is shared that 118 services will be run from 1:40 pm to 10:00 pm.
The source said that the Kolkata metro is trying to provide all kind of assistance to nullify rush. In fact, the security system has been increased along with medical services at stations.