Not long ago, Delhites used to curse the public transport system of the national capital. Errant, reckless and rash bus drivers, showing no sign of courtesy even to the ladies as well as the elderly, made commuting from one place to the other a painfully daunting task. It was difficult to tell whether the bus would stop at the allotted sight, whether it would reach the destination on time and whether it would stop on arrival or simply skip the waiting passengers. Usual fear of occasional breakdowns, long traffic jams, owing to processions, the overall condition of the buses with torn, swinging seats, over-crowding inside and the shrill music because of the rattling sound, inside had the people pray for an alternative. Anyone could keep neither his appointment, nor his appearance, when left to the mercy of the public transportation. But with the arrival of METRO, traveling from one place to the other in Delhi has become joyfully exciting fast, noiseless, dust free and absolutely dependable.
There is no fear to miss appointment, or have your clothes dirty. You travel in the comfort of A.C. coaches, while the information about the stops is continuously communicated on inter-com. When traveling, you enjoy the outside view to your heart’s content. For most people, living in Delhi, METRO is their great pride, as it has improved their health by making traveling stress free. It has brought relief from traffic snarls. And this is how an American once reacted on his journey on Metro from Barakhamba Road to I.P.E. State, “This is a world class train, better than the one, we have back at home.” This new system of city train transport system, called D.M.R.C. was started in collaboration with Japan. As on November 2006, the total length covered by it was 65 km. with 59 stations.
The first phase was from Shahdara to Rithala, another route is from Delhi University to the Central Secretariat and in the third phase, Metro has connected I.P. Estate with Dwarka. The third phase is complete and covers a distance of 32 km with 31 stations on the way. The popularity of this great blessing can be judged by the fact that it provides commutation to more than half a million passengers daily. On festive occasions, their number increases manifold. Metro’s completion and its joyous acceptance by the people makes one feel proud of being an Indian. It shows that we are capable of achieving great feats, indeed!