To regulate crowd during Durga puja, Kolkata Metro Railway has decided to increase the daily frequency of trains and extend the last train timing to cater to maximum people from today (October 19). The total number of daily trains has been increased from 146 to 152.

From today onwards, the Kolkata Metro trains will be available at an interval of 8 minutes during the morning and evening rush hour on weekdays. The timing may vary on Sunday.

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Apart from the frequency, the timing for the last metro train has also been extended in order to cater to more commuters. The last metro train will now depart from Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash metro stations at 9 pm instead of 8.30 pm.

Importantly, the timing of the last metro train will be applicable on all days, except for Sunday.

Kolkata Metro relaxed its norms for senior citizens, allowing them to board trains without an e-pass during non-peak hours, provided they furnish identity proof at the gates.

The rapid transit system, which resumed passenger services after about six months, issued a notification, stating that senior citizens won't have to procure the digital boarding pass and will be permitted to enter the station and approach ticket counters for smart cards, after producing necessary documents. 

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The facility will be available for them from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

Several elderly persons in the city have complained that they were finding it difficult to download e-passes from 'Pathadisha', the Metro Railway app. Considering their difficulty, it has been decided by the competent authority that the requirement of e-pass will be relaxed for senior citizens, who will be allowed entry into metro station on the basis of Aadhar card/PAN card/voter id/passport/driving license, through which age can be ascertained.