New Delhi Metro

The Delhi Metro offers a fast way to travel around New Delhi and comprises three lines. Metro transport is cheap, quick, convenient and an extremely popular way to reach your destination. A recent addition to the transport scene in New Delhi, the metro network opened in 2006 and allows you to travel to many parts of the city, such as Connaught Place, Old Delhi, the ISBT bus terminal and Karol Bagh, known for its shopping.

New Delhi is building metro lines faster than a bowl of week old curry through your intestines. In just a decade, the rapidly expanding metro is seen as a success story for the city, and a rapidly expanding necessity for the Delhi metro area residents.

Line 1, the Red Line, of the new New Delhi metro opened on Christmas Eve, 2002. Since then, four new lines, plus a branch line of Line 3 and an extension of Line 1 to Guragong have opened, bringing the system to 122 stations and 143.5 km.

The luxurious Delhi Metro Airport Express, aka AMEL line aka the Orange Line, a 22.7 km high speed metro, speeds through 15.7 km of subway tunnels at up to 130 kph. Four of the five stations are in subway, where vendors sell some of the best Delhi sandwiches in town. And well they should, with train fares five times that of the regular metro.

Also opening it's connecting section is the once orphaned Yellow line, which now connects Delhi with the city of Gurgaon, soon to have it's own private metro.

Much of the system is elevated but there are several underground sections on the Blue and Yellow lines. The Red and Green lines are completely above ground, with the latter serving the suburbs entirely. Progress was made despite a rash of serious accidents.

According to a statement by Delhi Metro in 2003, the system, when complete, will have 34.5 km subway, 35.5 km elevated, and 111 km surface running.  Delhi Metro now plans on a complete system - is there really such a thing? - of 413 km.

Delhi's metro is considered a state of the art system, with air conditioned driverless trains, magnetic fare cards and electronic fare gates.

Delhi's Purple (Bardarpur) Line includes an elevated station at Lala Lajpat Rai Marg The station consists of two tiny terminals sandwiched between two houses on each side of the street. Passengers will access the trains using glorified catwalks thar will lead to a narrow platform. Four out of the 15 stations on the 20 km metro will be underground. The first 16 km was due to pen in October 2010 after long delays due to a girder collapse in 2009 which killed 6 people. After further delays, it finally opened in January 2011. This brought the growing system to 161 km and 135 stations.

Unbeknownst to some, there are also 15 subways in New Delhi, the first built in 1987. Another eight are planned. They do not, however, involve rail.

And remember, when riding the Delhi metro, remember to leave your cigarettes at home.

A feasibility study is now underway for Old Delhi, with the possibility of a tramway system being built.
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