Commuting: metro, train, rickshaw...?

#1 Oct 14th, 2012, 10:44
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hi all,

It looks like I will be shifting from Bangalore to Delhi in January to start a new job there.

I'm currently looking at which area to live in... a friend has suggested round Nizamuddin, Lajpat Nagar, Khan Market area. Also being near to Kailash Colony would be good because I will be continuing my Hindi classes round there. My work will be close to Kirti Nagar train station (around "10 O'Clock" on the ring railway).

So, question is: can I rely on the metro to get to work? I've heard vastly different reports, ranging from "it's great" to "stay away from it". Does it get unpleasantly busy at peak times? I assume that Rajiv Chowk station would be one of the busiest interchanges? Is there any info online that I could use to calculate travel times?

Is the "ring railway" a viable option as well? I've heard it's not up the same standard as the metro.

Thanks!


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#2 Oct 14th, 2012, 17:25
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You can depend on the metro to get to work on time. Yes, it does get a little full but if you have experience of rush-hour traffic on the London, Paris or New York systems you should be able to cope. Changing at Rajiv Chowk can be somewhat daunting but once you get used to the flow of human traffic and know exactly which stairs* or escalator to take it can be managed. Of course living in Noida would make it possible to commute to Kirti Nagar without a change of trains but that would make travel to Kailash a little complicated. The Kailash area is also quite good to live in but of course that would mean two changes (at Central Secratariat and Rajiv Chowk).

*stairs are quicker: they're never as full as the escalators
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If you want to live close to work, try Karol Bagh or Patel Nagar for housing.
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Thanks Golghar and Matka...

Actually, I would much rather live somewhere relatively quiet and peaceful, within 30 mins travelling to work. I visited my future workplace and it's in an ex-industrial area that's not really to my liking.

Hence the questions about the metro
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Originally Posted by mungbean View Post Actually, I would much rather live somewhere relatively quiet and peaceful, within 30 mins travelling to work. I visited my future workplace and it's in an ex-industrial area that's not really to my liking.
Then Dwarka should fit the bill. Commuting to Kirti Nagar should be the easy part as that's where the trains fill up. On the other hand it may turn out to be a little too quiet and peaceful for your liking as long as you don't mind the aircraft landing and taking off round the clock at Palam. But you get that at upmarket locations like Vasant Vihar too.
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post as long as you don't mind the aircraft landing and taking off round the clock at Palam. But you get that at upmarket locations like Vasant Vihar too.
Actually, I was wondering about that... Indira Gandhi airport is very close to the city centre... are planes really allowed to take off and land "around the clock"?

I once lived under the flight-path to London Heathrow, and 747s at 5.30am aren't my favourite alarm clock.
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Originally Posted by mungbean View Post Actually, I was wondering about that... Indira Gandhi airport is very close to the city centre... are planes really allowed to take off and land "around the clock"?
Yes, they are. The airport works more or less in two shifts: domestic flights from 6am to 10pm and most international flights from 10pm to 6am.
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post Then Dwarka should fit the bill. Commuting to Kirti Nagar should be the easy part as that's where the trains fill up. On the other hand it may turn out to be a little too quiet and peaceful for your liking as long as you don't mind the aircraft landing and taking off round the clock at Palam. But you get that at upmarket locations like Vasant Vihar too.
Dwarka's very far from Kailash Colony. In fact, it's far from Kirti Nagar too.

It's better to be located somewhere between Kirti Nagar and Kailash Colony if you're going to study after work.
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Thanks for replies so far... what do people think about the Ring railway as an alternative to the metro?

Being around Nizamuddin/Lajpat Nagar and thereabouts would seem to offer both as options...
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The ring railway is nowhere close to the metro as an option. You may want to look at DTC air conditioned buses as an alternative instead of the ring railway, in case you want to stay in south delhi and work in west delhi. However, if you dont own a mode of transport and are not keen to pick an expensive place to stay, west/ central delhi would be far more cost effective and time saving. Instead you can use the metro to go to places in other areas for hanging out.

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