Thursday, December 27, 2007

Delhi’s metro train is now five year’s old

Delhi's traffic capillary - the metro train is now five year's old

It has been now five years ago since Delhi wala’s were introduced to this new experience of Delhi metro. In Year 2002 it was just between Shahdara and Tis Hazari and six stations which now have expanded to 59 stations. Construction is on to add 79 stations and 500 trains to the Delhi Metro network. The day it was inaugurated about 12 lakh people landed up to travel on this small metro and with the much hyped inaugural it had a tough time. Trains broke down, ticket counters were not open and escalators stopped midway. But today Delhi metro five years hence, it is still relatively clean, it has now expanded to three lines network has a total length of 65 km, 59 stations and is transporting thousand every day in Delhi.

According to a study conducted by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), the metro system would have saved Delhi over Rs 20 billion (approx $507 million) by the end of this year. The amount was calculated by quantifying various indicators like the amount of fuel saved, reduction in the commuting time and cost of maintenance of vehicles. According to experts, any new public transport system for commuting not only has to be successful in shortening the transportation time for passengers but also has to be an effective engine for economic growth. Though, one major complaint against the Metro has been its high average fares, compared to buses, making it not so appealing to the poor. Delhi Metro, with its limitations, is certainly not the magic wand to solve the ailing public transport crisis in the capital but is helping Delhi to ease out with its traffic congestion, may be with incoming new expanded network it may help further…

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