Population of the capital Delhi is rising day by day, the population of 1483 sq km land is beyond 20 Million. Being one of the most populated cities, its requirements are reaching the sky; one of the necessity being the transportation facility. Like every expanding city, Delhi has dealt with ever increasing demand of better infrastructure and rapid transport mode available to general public.
Delhi Metro, being one of the first project of rapid transport system has helped to curb carbon footprint of the city as well as traffic problems. Its concept was introduced in 1997 whereas it operated from December 2002. When it comes to environment, Delhi Metro has been ISO 14001 certified by UN for its Eco-friendly construction strategies.
The establishment of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC) has provided relief and aid to the Delhiites, to travel in an easier way. It has helped the working people and students to a large extent, as they are the regular travelers. We all use the Metro transport services and seek its benefit to the fullest but the history of the Metro is unknown to most of us.
Inspired by the Transport Museum in London, DMRC has provided South Asia’s First “Metro Museum” to display a collection of panels, historic photographs and assorted exhibits at the Patel Chowk metro station premises. The museum helps us to explore the facts about the first modernised transport facility of India. The Metro museum has become a destination that showcases the revolution of Indian Transportation Services. One can easily reach through any means of transport to get answers for their curiosity, the museum is open 6 days a week, it is closed on Mondays. Curator services at the museum can be availed of from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m (Except Mondays).
The Metro Museum exhibits the 32 years long journey of DMRC from its formation, execution to operation. The place gives us details about every minor thing one would want to know about Delhi Metro. The museum shows how the Delhi Metro is a combined product of technology from Korea, Japan, France, Germany etc. The management style of the officials and working strategies of the employees are also put in a very creative way in the museum. All the systems are automatic from train controlling to fare collection system.
The Delhi Metro has covered the distance of 65km and 125km through phase I and II respectively, it is expected to cover 140km through the phase III. The construction has already begun and is expected to be completed by 2016, this time the officials have planned to construct ring lines to improve inter-connectivity by creating ring lines to avoid congestion. The Delhi Metro Master plan for phase IV is also ready and has the deadline of 2021. In total the metro will cover 240km by 2021. The aim is extend the existing lines and reduce the disturbance faced to travel from one corner to another. Delhi Metro has made the task of travelling to the outskirts of Delhi and NCR an easy task, it is most comfortable and reliable transportation system.
When it comes to environment, Delhi Metro has been ISO 14001 by UN for its Eco-friendly construction strategies. One of the special feature about the Delhi Metro is it never sleeps, the maintenance staff is on duty after the last train to provide best services for the next day, the departments assigned work 24×7 according to shifts. By paying a visit to the Delhi Metro Museum we can gather all the information regarding its initialization, concept, technology, laurels and unknown stories behind its grand success.
Delhi Metro was the first rapid transit system in India. Other projects regarding the rapid transit facilities are: Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (2013), Jaipur Metro (2013), Chennai Metro (2014), Kochi Metro (2016), Mumbai Metro (2014) and Hyderabad Metro (2014). Ahmadabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh and other 10 cities have started their planning and construction for rapid metro services.
India will soon be a digitalised transport providing nation, providing its citizens with sigh of relief and contentment.