Date of Post: 26 Dec, 2018
New Delhi: The Delhi Metro, which began its journey with a mere 8km long Red Line connecting Shahdara and Tis Hazari, turns 16 on Tuesday. It was on December 25, 2002, 16 years ago, when the Delhi Metro was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, along with then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
- The metro has gone strength to strength since then and will soon boast of being one of the largest metro rail networks in the world, after Shanghai and Beijing, and is expected to even overshadow the London Underground.
- During its construction in 3 phases, the metro has spread its network across 317 km of the city and its suburbs.
- By the time the Phase-3 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 DMRC (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.
- Currently, the metro has 8 color-coded lines: Red, Yellow, Blue, Violet, Orange, Green, Magenta and Pink.
- The Magenta and Pink lines 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 approx 26-27 lakh riders every day.
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