Although the Delhi Metro is not the first in India, but it can be said to be the first of its kind in the country. Constructed with utmost architectural brilliance and state of art facilities, the Delhi metro is very different from the other metro rails in the world. Apart from being technologically sound, the one thing that has been given prime importance within the Delhi metro is security.
The Delhi Metro railway is being constructed in phases. Most of the routes under Phase 1 were completed before 2010. The second phase, known as Phase II, covers almost 79 stations and was successfully completed in 2010. The other projects in the pipeline are Phase III and IV which have a network spanning over 413 km and are expected to be ready by the end of 2020.
The Delhi metro stations have small kiosks which provide food and beverages to the commuters. Some stations like Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, etc. have big food outlets like McDonalds, Nirula's, Cafe Coffee Day, etc. IRCTC has also opened a set of food kiosks which will serve travelling passengers with snacks and delicacies at reasonable rates. The kiosks (Food Tracks) offer light snacks and mini meals.
In the Interim Budget 2014-15, DMRC has been given a budgetary support of Rs 3324.35 crore. Rs 838.07 crore has bee promised as its equity.
In the fiscal year 2013-14, DMRC was granted Rs 2484.18 crore as the budgetary support and Rs 650 crore as part of equity investment.
To provide better services to its commuters, the Delhi Metro is planning to take certain initiatives. These are listed below:
- Six coach trains will be introduced on the Dilshad Garden to Rithala route within next three to four months.
- Besides the 27 eight-coach trains plying between Jahangirpuri and Huda City Centre, six new such trains will be operating. This is being particularly done so that during the rush hours in the morning, Rajiv Chowk Metro Station gets two out of three trains having eight coaches.
- Two additional trips on the route between Kashmere Gate and Gurgaon between 9 am and 10 am have been introduced. Similarly, one additional train will be introduced on Janakpuri West to Vaishali route and Noida Sec-16 to Dwarka Sec-21 route, respectively.
- 29 new eight-coach train will be introduced on the Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali routes. Two additional trains will ply on this route, from Janakpuri West to Vaishali and Noida Sec-16 to Dwarka Sec-21.
Delhi Metro's Engineering Marvel
In an impressive development, the DMRC has achieved what can be rightly called a marvel of engineering. The Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar line, under construction as part of Phase III, now crosses the existing Vaishali-Dwarka line at a height of 21 metres above ground, with 10 metres of clearing. According to media reports, several such crossover lines will be constructed during this phase. Phase III is expected to complete in 2016.
DMRC launches a Smartphone Mobile Application
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has launched a smartphone application to help users with Metro related information. The users of smartphones can receive information through GPS as the application works on iPhones and Android smartphones with internet or GPRS access. The application can also be downloaded from the official website (www.delhimetrorail.com) of DMRC.
As announced by Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, a user will be able to get the following information using this application:
- Metro map and route details
- Nearest metro station
- Travel fares and travel time
- Metro timings
- Parking information
- Landmark and tourist places near metro stations
- Feeder bus availability and route details
- Helpline numbers
- Complaints and feedback facility
- Security helpline numbers
- Metro Museum information
The application is said to have a user-friendly interface to ensure easy navigation and has all major options on the home screen.
Delhi Metro launches Online Smart Card Recharge Facility
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has launched an online recharge facility of Metro smart cards using the internet.
Delhi Metro Route
Line 1: Dilshad Garden-Rithala (Red Line)
The distance between Dilshad Garden and Rithala is 25.15 km. There are 21 stations on this route. The metro trains run at a frequency of four minutes. The fare for travelling on this line ranges from Rs.8 to Rs. 23.
Stations Covered in Line 1:
Dilshad Garden - Jhilmil - Mansarovar Park - Shahdara - Welcome - Seelampur - Shastri Park - Kashmere Gate - Tis Hazari - Pul Bangash - Pratap Nagar - Shastri Nagar - Inderlok - Kanhiya Nagar - Keshav Puram - Netaji Subhash Place - Kohat Enclave - Pitam Pura - Rohini East - Rohini West - Rithala
The Line - 1 was made operational in four stages:
- 25 December, 2002: Shahdara - Tis Hazari
- 4 October, 2003: Tis Hazari - Inderlok
- 1 April 2004: Inderlok - Rithala
- 3 June 2008: Dilshad Garden - Shahdara
Line 2: Jahangirpuri - Central Secretariat (Yellow Line)
Line 2 operating between Jahangirpuri - Central Secretariat covers a distance of 17.36 km. There are 15 stations on this route. The trains available on this line are generally available at a frequency of 8 minutes during peak hours. The cost of travelling on this route usually ranges from Rs 8 to Rs19. The line has been further extended from Central Secretariat to Huda City Centre in Gurgaon, Haryana.
Stations Covered in line 2:
Jahangirpuri - Adarsh Nagar - Azadpur - Model Town - GTB Nagar - Vishwa Vidyalaya - Vidhan Sabha - Civil Lines - Kashmere Gate - Chandni Chowk - Chawri Bazar - New Delhi Railway Station - Rajiv Chowk - Patel Chowk - Central Secretariat - Udyog Bhawan - Race Course - Jor Bagh - INA - AIIMS - Green Park - Hauz Khas - Malviya Nagar - Saket - Qutub Minar - Chhatarpur - Sultanpur - Ghitorni - Arjan Garh - Guru Dronacharya - Sikandarpur - MG Road - IFFCO Chowk - HUDA City Centre
The Line - 2 was made operational in five stages:
- 20 December 2004: Vishwavidyalaya - Kashmere Gate
- 3 July 2005: Kashmere Gate - Central Secretariat
- 3 February 2009: Vishwavidyalaya - Jahangirpuri
- 21 June 2010: HUDA City Centre - Qutab Minar
- 3 September 2010: Central Secretariat - Qutab Minar
Line 3: Noida City Centre-Dwarka Sector 21 (Blue Line)
Operating across 44 stations is Line 3. The distance on this route is 50.56 km. The total time taken to cover all the 44 stations is about 90 minutes. The fare for travelling on this route ranges from Rs 8 to Rs 30.
Originally, the Blue line of Delhi Metro was from Indraprastha to Dwarka. On November 12, 2009 the line was extended from Yamuna Bank to Noida City Centre, with a total length of 13.1 km.
Stations Covered in line 3
Noida City Centre - Noida Golf Course - Botanical Garden - Noida Sector 18 - Noida Sector 16 - Noida Sector 15 - New Ashok Nagar - Mayur Vihar Extension - Mayur Vihar I - Akshardham - Yamuna Bank - Indraprastha - Pragati Maidan - Mandi House - Barakhamba - Rajiv Chowk - Ramakrishna Ashram Marg - Jhandewalan - Karol Bagh - Rajendra Place - Patel Nagar - Shadipur - Kirti Nagar - Moti Nagar - Ramesh Nagar - Rajouri Garden - Tagore Garden - Subhash Nagar - Tilak Nagar - Janakpuri East - Janakpuri West - Uttam Nagar East - Uttam Nagar West - Nawada - Dwarka Mor - Dwarka - Dwarka Sector 14 - Dwarka Sector 13 - Dwarka Sector 12 - Dwarka Sector 11 - Dwarka Sector 10 - Dwarka Sector 9 - Dwarka Sector 8 - Dwarka Sector 21
The Line - 3 was made operational in six stages:
- December 31, 2005: Barakhamba - Dwarka
- April 1, 2006: Dwarka - Dwarka Sector 9
- November 11, 2006: Barakhamba - Indraprastha
- May 10, 2009: Indraprastha - Yamuna Bank
- November 13, 2009: Yamuna Bank - Noida City Centre
- October 30, 2010: Dwarka sector 9 - Dwarka Sector 21
Line 4: Yamuna Bank - Vaishali (Blue Line) (branch line)
Completed in January 2010, the Line 4 operates across 8 stations. The distance covered on this route is 6.25 Kms. The cost of travelling on this route ranges between Rs 8 to Rs.15. A small extension of 2.57 km was done in July, 2011 connecting Anand Vihar station of the Blue Line branch with Vaishali Metro station in Ghaziabad, two stations i.e. Anand Vihar and Vaishali in Ghaziabad.
Stations Covered in line 4
Yamuna Bank - Laxmi Nagar - Nirman Vihar - Preet Vihar - Karkarduma - Anand Vihar - Kaushambi - Vaishali
Line 5: Inderlok-Mundka (Green Line)
This is the most recently added line to the Delhi metro network. It also happens to be the second line that offers the standard-gauge corridor after Line 4. The total distance covered on this route is approximately 13.7 km. Line 5 covers 14 stations and fare for travelling this route ranges from Rs.8 to Rs.18. The line was operational from April 2, 2010.
Stations Covered in line 5
Interlok - Ashok Park Main - Punjabi Bagh - Shivaji Park - Madipur - Paschim Vihar East - Paschim Vihar West - Peeragarhi - Udyog Nagar - Surajmal Stadium - Nangloi - Nangloi Railway Station - Rajdhani Park - Mundka
Line 6: Central Secretariat - Badarpur (Violet Line)
The 6th Line running from Central Secretariat to Badarpur began operations in October 2010. The route covers a total distance of 20.6 km that includes 16 important stations. The minimum fare required for travelling on Line 6 is Rs.10 and maximum amount is Rs.21.
Stations Covered in line 6
Mandi House - Janpath - Central Secretariat - Khan Market - Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - Jangpura - Lajpat Nagar - Moolchand - Kailash Colony - Nehru Place - Kalkaji Mandir - Govindpuri - Okhla - Jasola Apollo - Sarita Vihar - Mohan Estate - Tughlakabad - Badarpur
The Line - 6 was made operational in three stages:
- October 3, 2010: Central Secretariat to Sarita Vihar
- January 14, 2011: Sarita Vihar to Badarpur
- June 26, 2014: Central Secretariat to Mandi House
Line 7: Airport Express-Dwarka Sector 21 (Orange Line)
The Delhi Airport Metro Express runs from New Delhi Metro Station to Dwarka Sector 21, linking the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The total length of this line is 22.7 km. The service was suspended from 7 July 2012 to 22 January 2013 due to technical problems. It is now reopened, but the metro speed has been cut to 50 km/hr.
Stations Covered in line 7:
New Delhi Station - Shivaji Stadium - Dhaula Kuan - Delhi Aerocity - Airport - Dwarka Sector 21
The construction work for the Phase 3 of Delhi Metro had started on 11 May 2013 and it has been estimated that this line will be operational by March 2016.
Two new lines and ten route extensions have been proposed for the Phase III of Delhi Metro. Out of these, the cabinet has given approval for two new lines and five line extensions. The total length will be 140 km and the estimated cost of the project will be INR350 billion. It will have 28 underground stations which will cover a total of 41 km.
Phase III projects:
- Janakpuri West - Botanical Garden
- Jahangirpuri - Badli
- Central secretariat - Kashmere Gate
- Mukundpur - Shiv Vihar
- Dwarka - Najafgarh
- Badarpur - YMCA Chowk (Faridabad)
- Mundka - Bahadurgarh
Trial of Phase III of Delhi Metro
The first trial for the 3-km underground section of phase III of Delhi Metro was conducted from Central Secretariat Metro station to Mandi House Metro station on Monday, 30 December 2013. The train was flagged by Mangu Singh, Managing Director of DMRC and Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Secretary to Ministry of Urban Development and Chairman of DMRC.
The 13 interchange stations to be added include:
- Line 7: Rajouri Garden, Netaji Subhash Place, Lajpat Nagar, INA, Azadpur, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Anand Vihar, Welcome, and Karkardooma
- Line 8: Kalkaji Mandir, Hauz Khas, Janakpuri West, and Botanical Garden
Mandi House Interchange Station
The first section of Phase 3 of Delhi Metro became functional for public on 26 June 2014. It is a 3.2 km-long underground metro line connecting Mandi House (Blue line) and Central Secretariat (Yellow line); it an extension of 'Violet line' with a view to decongest Rajiv Chowk station. The first train on the route was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu. The Mandi House station serves as an interchange station for three metro lines - Jahangirpuri-Huda City Centre, Central Secretariat-Badarpur and Noida-Dwarka Sector 21, as the commuters of the Badarpur- Central Secretariat Line bound for NOIDA, Vaishali as well as Dwarka will be able to change trains at Mandi House without changing trains twice at Central Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk Metro trains on this route will run at a frequency of 3.25 minutes.
Phase III will reduce the distance travelled by commuters between:
- Kalkaji and Botanical Garden by 16 km
- Hauz Khas and Botanical Garden by 8 km
- Hauz Khas and Janakpuri West by 9 km
- Lajpat Nagar and Mayur Vihar Phase I by 8 km
- Dhaula Kuan and INA by 12 km
- Dhaula Kuan and Rajouri Garden by 12 km
Last Updated on : June 30, 2014