With the continued spike in population, the world’s mega-cities need to catch up with the ever-increasing population growth and the issues that come along with this phenomenon. One such issue is the transportation sector.
New Delhi in India is the nation’s capital city and one of its largest urban agglomerations. A city with a metropolitan population of 22 million, the city has gained notoriety for its traffic jams and pollution. However, at the heart of this big city lies a train system that efficiently cuts across all of the city’s major thoroughfares all the way to the suburbs – the Delhi metro.
This article will let you in on the 10 things you need to know about the Delhi Metro:
10. It is the 12th largest Metro system in the world:
A large metropolitan area needs to have an efficient transportation sector for its daily survival. The Delhi Metro, is the world’s 12th largest both in terms of length and in the sheer number of stations. The metro system serves the capital city of New Delhi and 4 other cities surrounding the Delhi Metropolitan area – namely Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad.
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9. The Delhi Metro has 160 stations:
The metro system has 5 color-coded lines and a 6th line – the faster and highly efficient Airport Express line. The metro system has a mix of underground, at-grade, and elevated railway stations, with an average daily ridership of 2.4 million passengers. Since it opened in 2010, the Delhi metro had already serviced over 1 billion public commuters.
8. It is environment-friendly:
The Delhi Metro has been awarded as the first Metro-rail system in the world that has a healthy level of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. It also aids in reducing the city’s pollution levels by 630,000 tons yearly. It is the first of this kind anywhere in the world.
7. Its construction was marred with delays, government meddling, and freak accidents:
Just like any infrastructure project in a developing country, the construction of the Delhi metro was plagued with delays due to government meddling, budget overshoots, and other bureaucratic issues. Also, a number of rather bloody accidents took place during its construction. For example, in 2009, a section of the bridge collapsed in Zamrudpur, East of Kailash – killing 6 people and injuring 15 more.
6. The 6 lines are differentiated according to color:
Colors were assigned to differentiate the 6 lines of the New Delhi Metro. The Red line has an east-west route that connects Rithala and Dilshad Garden. The Yellow line runs north to south, connecting Samaypur Badli and Gurgaon. The Blue line connects Delhi’s eastern and western suburbs. The Green line runs parallel to the busy N10 route in West Delhi. The Violet line is its newest line while the Airport Express line takes passengers comfortably to and from the Delhi airport.
5. The Metro system has had VIP’s taken in for a ride:
The state of the art Delhi Metro is the pride of the government of India and the city government of New Delhi. Many dignitaries have enjoyed riding the metro – including French President Francois Hollande during her three-day state visit to India in January 2016.
4. The Metro system has yet to earn money:
Since it is a fairly new infrastructure project, the Delhi metro is still operating at a net loss up until the end of 2015. It is expected to make a complete turnaround to profitability in the next several years.
3. It is open 19 hours a day:
The Delhi Metro operates from 5:00 in the morning and closes at the stroke of midnight. It covers all hours of rush hour and peak travel time for its passengers.
2. The Delhi Metro also engages in rain harvesting:
As a way of addressing water conservation, the Blue Line conducts rainwater harvesting and transfers the harvested water to companies engaged in water purification.
1. The Delhi Metro has received numerous awards:
The Metro system itself has received accolades from various bodies for its aesthetics, efficiency, and being environment-friendly. It is the flagship of India’s urban railway transportation sector.