Delhi Metro Celebrated 16 years of operation on Monday

First ever line of Delhi Metro, the 8.3 km stretch between Shahdara and Tis Hazari, was inaugurated by the former Prime Minister of India on 24 December 2002. An exhibition documenting the 16 years of Delhi Metro was inaugurated by MD DMRC, Dr. Mangu Singh at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station today.

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On December 25, 2002, when the Delhi Metro was inaugurated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then prime minister, along with the then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
On December 25, 2002, when the Delhi Metro was inaugurated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then prime minister, along with the then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

New Delhi, Metro Rail News: The Delhi Metro has changed the public mode of transport for the ordinary man in Delhi over the years and continues to expand its reach, having added nearly 100 km of network this year.

It was on December 24, 2002, when the Delhi Metro was inaugurated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then prime minister, along with the then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Now Delhi Metro is a massive metro network of 314 kms and 229 metro stations across Delhi and national capital region.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The metro has spread its network across 317 km
  • The Delhi Metro ferries approximately 26-27 lakh riders every day
  • It has eight colour-coded lines: Red, Yellow, Blue, Violet, Orange, Green, Magenta and Pink

The Delhi Metro, which began its journey with a mere 8-km-long Red Line connecting Shahdra and Tis Hazari, has turned 16 on Monday.

The metro has gone strength to strength since then and will soon boast of being one of the largest metro networks in the world, after Shanghai and Beijing, and is expected to even overshadow the London Underground.

During its construction in three phases, the metro has spread its network across 317 km of the city and its suburbs.

By the time the Phase-III winds up next year, it will have expanded to 349 km, and with Phase-IV, which has just been given the green signal and is expected to be completed by 2022, the Delhi Metro will cross the 400-km mark.

In words of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the current year was “historic” in terms of construction of several new stretches, totalling a length of a “record” 87 km.

The expansion of the metro has not been a cakewalk along the years, with the transport system facing all kinds of roadblocks, from acquiring land– as in the case of Shakurbasti and Trilok Puri– to tunnelling around the Old Delhi area, known for its historical monuments.

At present, it has eight colour-coded lines: Red, Yellow, Blue, Violet, Orange, Green, Magenta and Pink, with the last two being the latest addition to the fleet.

The phase-IV, still to go on floor, is no less ambitious and aims to touch some of the harder to reach outskirts of the city, like Bawana and Narela in northwest Delhi.

With 231 stations over and below ground across the network, the Delhi Metro ferries approximately 26-27 lakh riders every day.

To commemorate the 16th anniversary of Delhi Metro’s operations on December 24, 2018, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has put together an exhibition showcasing metro’s journey so far since the commencement of operations in 2002. The exhibition was inaugurated by DMRC’s managing director Mangu Singh at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station on Monday.

The exhibition is in the form of colourful panels that showcase the journey and year-by-year growth of Delhi Metro. The panels have been installed at the viewer’s gallery at the metro station, which is usually accessed by commuters to cross from one side of the platform on Blue Line (Dwarka-Vaishali/Noida City Centre) to another. Apart from panels, banners have also been put up by DMRC at the station. While the panels showcase metro’s journey, interesting facts and trivia about Delhi Metro have also been displayed as part of the exhibition, including major landmarks such as the beginning of reserved coach for women, first eight-coach trains etc.

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