The Hyderabad Metro Rail registered a record patronage of 3.65 lakh on Saturday. The rush on Sunday, however, was normal as witnessed during weekends.

Hyderabad Metro officials said the patronage on Saturday was the highest patronage recorded till date, the previous highest being 3.23 lakh passengers. Generally, about 2.70 lakh passengers travel in Metro trains during weekends but owing to the ongoing RTC strike, there was a heavy rush on Saturday with 3.65 lakh boarding the trains.

In view of the strike, Metro officials operated services since 6 am as against regular timings of commencing the operations from 7 am on Sundays. Similarly, the last train left at 11 pm from the terminal station to reach the other terminal station at midnight. Officials said 100 additional trips were planned to be operated with six extra trains and enhanced frequency. 

The rush was normal like any Sunday despite the RTC strike and Metro officials said that many could have headed to respective hometowns for Dasara holidays. The challenge would be on Monday when employees and others will be boarding Metro trains to reach their workplaces.

Anticipating a surge in rush, officials are making elaborate arrangements, including extra ticket counters, services for extra hours and increasing the train frequency.

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