A writeup on the Delhi Metro

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LINE ONE COMPLETED:

There are currently eighteen stations. They are Shahdara, Welcome, Seelampur, Shastri Park, ISBT (Kashmere Gate), Tis Hazari, Pul Bangash, Pratap Nagar, Vivekanand Puri and Inder Lok (earlier Tri Nagar), Kanhiya Nagar, Kesahv Puram, Wazir Pur, Kohat Enclave, Pitam Pura, Rohini East, Rohini West, and Rithala



DELHI TO BE SAVED BY NEW METRO

Delhi is big, Delhi is huge, Delhi is polluted and Delhi is gridlock.
The Indian capital with its 20 million of so residents, is suffering under a huge and overwhelming blight of traffic, human, animal and motorised.
This huge metropolis has no public transport to speak of. True there are the ubber-crowded buses, with no destination boards, or registered stops. There are the numerous 'autos' (motor rickshaws) that buzz in and out of the thronging streets. Sadly due to awesome amounts of corruption the rickshaw fares are open to abuse, with government efforts to regulate meters, a nationally recognised farce. The more eco-friendly, but congestion causing cycle-rickshaws are by definition slow, and are only allowed in Old Delhi.
The city is split between the near medieval Old Delhi, and the British Raj designed, wide avenues of New Delhi.
The millions of pedestrians everywhere, coupled with 360,000 holy cows, ambling about on the roads, just add to the congestion.
Delhi is by no means easy to get around. This is not good, in a capital city that represents the government and economy of over a billion Indians.
Something had to be done, something radical, something very expensive.

Kalikutta tram fest.

India had lagged behind the rest of Asia for long enough. The only city in India with a rapid transit system is Kalikutta. As reported in Trams Are Tops, Kalikutta has a beautiful decaying tram network, and a more up to date, underground railway, they call The Metro.
This situation had gone on long enough, it made no sense that Kalikutta had a metro, while the much larger Delhi, the capital didn't!
In 1996 it was decided that Delhi, too, would get it's own metro.
The plans for the capital's rapid transit would be far more ambitious than the single up down line in Kalikutta.
Three lines were planned, two of the elevated, and one underground.
The system is planned to look like a capital 'H', with the central line being the underground one. The elevated lines will feed passengers from 43 stations in the suburbs to the underground line, with 10 stations. The underground line will serve the city's two major railway stations, and the commercial centres of New and Old Delhi.
Work began on the construction of the northerly elevated line three years ago, closely followed by work on the underground tracks.
Everywhere you go in Delhi you see men smoking bidi, propping up shovels and spades, wearing Delhi Metro flouresent vests, and chatting.

Modern Train.

Despite the lack of visible work, progress has been good.
Trams are Tops was delighted to ride on the first open section of the Metro, from Shandara, over the rather murky River Yamuna
to the temporary terminus of Tiz Hazari. The modern elevated station is situated under the shadow of the awesome Jamal Mashid Mosque, and the famous Delhi Red Fort.
This section opened on December 24 in 2002, to an onslaught of day-trippers. The metro was overwhelmed by excited Delhittes, bringing the whole family, to witness the delights of their new Metro. People can from miles away, just to ride, each parting with the 6 Rupee fare, for the full four stop ride. In true Indian style there was a failure with the automated ticket system. So everybody had to stand in line to buy a ticket from a kiosk. The kiosk only had one window, there was chaos. Indians don't normally stand in line, normally employing ballistic elbows, to get what they want. At one stage on the first day, shutters had to be pulled down; the crowds were so overwhelming.
Thankfully when the second section opened, last month from Tiz Hazari to Tri Nagar to the West, there was less chaos. And even less is anticipated when all of this elevated line will have been completed by 2005.
The most significant line, certainly for tourists, will be the underground tracks, from Delhi University, via both elevated lines, to the Central Secretariat, home of parliament and most of the foreign embassies.
Progress here is good too. The first phased opening of the underground line will be in mid-2004, with completion by December 2005. In a country where the word 'deadline', normally means nothing, work is keeping to schedule...
The workers on the metro are being paid way above average wages, there is a great feeling of pride city wide, in the whole project, and what benefits it will bring to Delhi.

The Delhi metro, on an elevated section.

The Delhi Metro has been designed to run through Hindu, and Muslim areas, bringing more unity to the city. The great Muslim market at Chawri Bazarre, will be connected to the international shopping centre of Connaught Place, dominated by Sikhs and Hindus. The main line railway stations, will be connected to the University, the clogged arteries of Delhi should flow more efficiently than they do at the moment.
It is estimated that 2,600 bus journeys could be taken off the streets every day, once the whole of the first phase with its 62-km of lines opens. Delhi's buses don't just clog the streets and confuse passengers, they are also deadly. A staggering 5 people a day are killed by Delhi buses, with an average of 13 major accidents, the Metro will hopefully put a stop to this.
Over 2 million full-time passengers a day are anticipated, once the day-trippers have all been, and seen their new Metro.
Delhi has the highest car ownership in India, although small by Western standards, the number of cars on the streets is increasing, it is hoped that rather than driving, commuters will choose the efficient new Metro.
Everything is new modern and exciting on the Metro. Most Delhittes have never been on an escalator, so special attendants have been employed to help apprehensive people on and off. The Escalators have all been fitted with Sari Guards to protect the ladies'. Digital clocks, an obsession in India, are proudly on display on the station platforms. They are all set to the same time, a phenomenon that rarely happens on the cross-country railways. The system employs 300 sahayaks to help passengers and to try and stop 'Trams are Tops' reporters from taking photographs, 'for reasons of national security'.
The Japanese-Korean designed trains run off overhead wires, not diesel, they are clean modern, and have route maps inside. 'Trams are Tops' noticed the complete lack of these on the Kalikutta Tram system, lessons are being learnt!

Security in action on the Metro

The Metro has a special 100 strong Police force or men and women, eager to keep their showpiece Metro safe from 'miscreants' and thieves. The drivers all have radios, to keep in contact with their control rooms.
All this would be taken for granted (apart from the Sari Guards) in the West. In India it is revolutionary, especially the attention to safety.
India has an appalling safety record on their national rail network, 616 people died in 463 railway accidents, between 1999 and 2000, this appalling record, hopefully wont be duplicated on the Delhi Metro.
Efforts have been made to reduce the pollution in Delhi, which is said to be so bad; it is the equivalent of smoking 20 cigarettes a day.
Auto-rickshaws are by law meant to use CNG gas, rather than Kerosene, this has improved air quality, it is hoped that the reduced road traffic as a result of Metro usage, will further help towards the goal of a 'Clean Green Delhi'
Delhi Metro has relied heavily on foreign experts and advice, to get the Metro rolling. Now the Indians are equipped with the knowledge, other Cities, including Bangalore, and Mumbai are showing interest in their own Metro systems, infact in Bangalore plans are well advanced, with a campaign in local papers, gaining support and momentum.
Phase One of the metro will hopefully be completed by the end of 2005, a Japanese Investment bank has promised assistance with the construction of more lines, to destinations, not yet covered by Phase One. By 2021 the network could be 240km in size, it remains to be seen.
What is clear is that the Metro is here to stay, and benefit Delhi.
The Metro came just in time, any later and Delhi would have ground to a rather polluted halt. 'Trams are Tops' says Viva the Delhi Metro.
'Trams are Tops' says Jay Jay Delhi Metro Hey, Boht Utcha!
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Kalikutta Metro:


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http://irfca.org/users/delhimetro/ma...twork_2021.pdf

Just found this........

The plans for the Delhi Metro in 2021............

LOOKS PRETTY AWESOME.

It'll make the 'Auto' go bust..............

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Hey! Thanks for all that info. Really interesting - cheers!
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latest delhi metro information October 2004

The first Underground section will open at the End of the year between Kashmere Gate (Interchange) to the University.
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This year, December 31 will be more than the last day of the year. It will also be the last day of bad roads, at least between Delhi University and Kashmere Gate.

On this date, the Delhi Metro will be running underground while Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will get a world-class road constructed over the corridor. "We have appointed a consultant to design a top quality road above the underground corridor. It will be much better than the road the Public Works Department made in 1999," said a senior DMRC official.

DMRC officials say 92 per cent of civil work and 80 per cent of electrical work has been completed. Remaining will be completed by Diwali when trial runs are expected to start.

Since this section will cater to Delhi University students, the theme of Vishwa Vidyalya station will be young and vibrant. Vidhan Sabha station will portray heritage as it is next to the historical Old Secretariat building. Civil Lines will be the smallest station on the stretch because there is not much space on Sham Nath Marg for building a bigger station. The last station at Kashmere gate will be the biggest station with a capacity of over 2,200 passengers per minute.

For the residents of the area, it will be a big relief. They will have proper pedestrian pathways, cycle tracks wherever possible, new streetlights and modern street furniture. Moreover, DMRC promises more than enough parking space at Metro stations.
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In addition this this opening, plans are afoot for even more lines:

NEW DELHI, OCT 10: After changing the face of public transport in Delhi, the sophisticated and pollution-free metro rail is all set to roll into neighbouring townships of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started feasibility studies to take the system to Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, and Noida, which have blossomed as major suburbs of the National Capital Region.

“The detailed project reports are likely to come in within four months after which they will be circulated among the Centre government and those of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh,” DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

Construction of new lines into the suburbs could commence only after the Centre and respective state governments sanction the projects, he said, adding this would take several years.

Metro trains are already running between Shahdara in East Delhi and Rithala in the west and carry several lakh passengers every day.

By this December, trains would also start plying between Delhi University in North Delhi and Kashmere Gate, a distance of 3.94 kms which would be the first underground section of Delhi Metro.

Mr Dayal said the section between Kashmere Gate and Central Secretariat in the heart of the city was likely to be operationalised in June next year, three months ahead of schedule.

This is in addition to the plans shown here: http://irfca.org/users/delhimetro/ma...twork_2021.pdf
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PHASE ONE TO BE COMPLETED BY 2005



Phase one consists of three lines - one running from Shahdara in east Delhi to Rithala in the northwest, another from Delhi University in north Delhi to Central Secretariat in central Delhi, and the third from Barakhamba Road in central Delhi to Dwarka in southwest Delhi.

While the Shahdara-Rithala section is already operational, with 248 train trips from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., work on the Delhi University-Kashmere Gate (north Delhi) section will be completed by December 2004, officials here said in a statement.

This line would further be extended from Kashmere Gate to Central Secretariat, the work for which will be completed by June 2005, officials said.

According to the Delhi Metro Rail Department, 50 percent of the work on the Barakhamba Road-Kirti Nagar section and 38 percent of the work on the Kirti Nagar-Dwarka section has also been completed.

Phase one of the metro project, which was originally scheduled for completion in 10 years, is now expected to be completed in seven years by 2005, the statement said.

The metro is expected to greatly add to the efficiency of public transport in Delhi, which has a population of 15 million.

So by the end of 2005, the Metro will look like this.



The Hindu god of Transportation must be delighted.

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*sigh* Lots of propaganda and hype, but still very little in the way of first-hand reports by forum members on the sections that are up and running.
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I went on the first section, read my account in my posting...
Bloody crazy, almost got arrested for taking pictures.
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Delhi Metro completes Tunnelling on line two.....

The Delhi Metro Rail Project achieved an important milestone on 3rd September, 2004 with all Tunnelling work on phase I of the Project fully being completed with the breakthrough of the last tunnel section between Delhi Main & Chawri Bazaar at 8:30 AM today.

The 11 km long Underground Corridor of the Metro running from Delhi University to Central Secretariat (Line II) involves Tunnelling over a distance of 4 kms using Rock Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) and Earth Pressure Balance Machine (EPBM). In addition, the DMRC introduced the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) to speed up the progress of tunnelling. The entire Tunnelling started in August, 2002 has been completed in two years time.

The remaining 7 kms of Underground Line II is being constructed using “Cut and Cover” Method.




Tunnelling was adopted in those areas where surface disturbance was not possible in places like Connaught Place, Chawri Bazaar, New Delhi Station, Delhi Main Station etc. Two different types of machines were used depending upon the conditions of the soil through which these machines were required to do Boring. Rock Tunnel Boring Method (TBM) was used between Delhi Main and Chawri Bazaar as they are designed to cope with the hard, abrasive ground conditions which contained quartzite. Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) tunnel Boring Machine which was purchased from the Bangkok Metro were used between Patel Chowk to Connaught Place and from Kashmere Gate to Delhi Main and between New Delhi and Connaught Place. The New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) which uses temporary support of the rock by means of Shotcrete (sprayed concrete) and rock bolts till the installation of permanent concrete lining was used between Chawri Bazaar and New Delhi. This method was introduced at a later stage as an additional tunnelling technique to ensure that the Delhi Metro meets its target deadline on this activity.

Connaught Place? Indra Chowk Station. Underconstruction NOW!
The final breakthrough was witnessed by Mr. E. Sreedharan, Managing Director/DMRC and Mr. Anil Baijal, Chairman/DMRC. Mr. E. Sreedharan described the event as a major milestone for the Delhi Metro Project and also said that during the tunnelling the Engineers had to face many challenges in view of the difficult ground conditions below the surface and the necessity to ensure the complete safety of the buildings at the Top as the Tunnelling activity was carried out in extremely difficult areas like Nai Sarak, Chawri Bazaar, Chandi Chowk, Hauz Quazi etc., having very old buildings.

Twin tunnels for Up and Down movement of Trains have been made using high quality reinforced concrete of M-45 grade and the Metro Underground Tunnel is expected to have a life of one hunred and twenty years. The finished internal dia of these tunnels is 5.7 metres.

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LINE THREE GETS GOING EAST....

The work on the much-awaited Barakhamba to Indra Prastha, Over the River, in East Delhi, has begun!!!!

Contracts have been awarded and station designs are being finalised. The stretch, that got the final nod from the Centre in September, will be thrown open to the public in March 2006. The stretch is a mix of underground and over the ground tracks and covers a distance of 2.81 kilometres.


The line is underground till Mandi House station. From Barakhamba station, the tunnel goes in front of Modern School Barakhamba, crosses FICCI offices and the Mandi House roundabout. From here the tunnel takes a slight turn towards Sikandra Road where Mandi House station would be located.



Four entry points have been ear-marked for the station on this road. The tunnel continues just for a short while after this station and then emerges out of the ground.

A ramp of 250 to 300 metres in length and 5.5 metres in height will be constructed and will pass in front of Lady Irwin College to reach Pragati Maidan near Gate number 4. There will be an entry from Bhairon Marg side for the station.

With Pragati Maidan station, Delhi will get its biggest station on Metro. The line will remain elevated till I P Estate.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will face a tough task after Pragati Maidan station, on the River's West bank. It will cross over existing railway tracks to reach I P Estate station. The station would be the first on line three over the River in East Delhi. It is unclear if an interchange with main line services is planned at Pragati Maiden.

There are plans to extend this line further East to Uttar Padesh, namely NODIA. see: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/a...how/955508.cms





THIS UNIQUE MAP SHOWS THE STOPS IN CENTRAL DELHI.
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...php/photo/5358
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A new underground section has now opened from Delhi University (north end of Uni) to Kashmere Gate.

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FANTASTIC!... I'm going to have a ride when I get there next month....

Roll on more metro....

The second underground section to the Government area, past Connaught Place has been delayed, and wont be ready till 2006 apparently.
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Having spent a while in Delhi a few months ago, I have to say the very thought of an Indian 'underground' makes me shudder!! I'll stick to the rickshaws thanks)
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Don't be daft! The Metro in Calcutta has been running for years, with very little incident. There are more saftey features on the metro, in Delhi too! There isn't much safety on a cycle rickshaw.
Having been ejected by a few, and landing in various situations, arse over tit, into a pile of dust or vegetables or cow messages. Normaly laughing! i must say there really isn't much comparison.

If you really want to take your life into your own hands take the city bus.


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i'd shudder too, if the "picture painted" in this article, were ever to come true...
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/a...w/33389655.cms

...so far so good. nice metro delhi's got

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