Started its first service on 25th December 2002, from Tis Hazari to Shahdra (Red Line) boasts of serving around 250 stations running around 343.36km in a mix of various elevations. Making it, the largest and busiest rail service across the country and 8th longest metro system around the globe. Certainly, the vision of Metro man of India E. Sreedharan has become capital’s bloodline. The system operates over 2700 trips daily and boasts a ridership of average more than 2.76million passengers and over a billion passengers yearly making it world’s 16th largest by ridership. It’s an artery which connects its satellite cities of Noida, Ghaziabad, Bahadurgarh, Ballabgarh, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Presently, it’s in the final stages of its 3rd Phase and is ready to enter its fourth phase. Phase IV is expected to add another 103 km with an expected completion date of 2025 making it to exceed 450km(280mi) which does not include other independently operated lines such as 29.7km long Aqua line (Noida-Greater Noida) and the 11.7km of the rapid metro Gurgaon that connects Delhi Metro.
Other than the statistics, Delhites boasts of having the country’s safest and fastest transit. The average time gap between two trains is around 135seconds with a top speed of 70kmph (50mph) which is a delight for commuters especially during the peak hours. When asked one of the fellow commuter why they prefer metro over other modes of transit, the answer was” it is undoubtedly the most convenient mode of transport which everybody seeks after a long tiring day’. When asked that why Delhi metro is considered to be a pride to the city to which she replied, “It acts as a guardian who promises late night travelers to feel safe in a city which is infamous for its security and safeguard’.
Moreover, on Sunday the Delhites welcomed the inauguration of Ghaziabad and Noida extensions whole heartedly. The 6.6km Noida City Centre – Noida Electronic City section, an extension of the Blue Line and 9.63km long Dilshad Garden-Shaheed Sthal (New bus adda) section , an extension of Red Line are catered to the public. With this the artery managed to enter the Ghaziabad for the first time since inception. With the plans of Phase V, DMRC are planning to take their standards up a notch. Delhites take pride of their metro and DMRC are serving them all reason to.
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