The Delhi Metro has been instrumental in ushering in a new era in the sphere of mass urban transportation in India. The swanky and modern Metro system introduced comfortable, air conditioned and eco-friendly services for the first time in India and completely revolutionized the mass transportation scenario not only in the National Capital Region but the entire country. The Delhi Metro has revolutionized the way Delhi’s 22-million-odd population commutes on a daily basis. Covering most of the New Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad regions of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, it is by far the most advanced, fastest and from that point of view, the cheapest of all modes of transport currently plying in the city making travelling on the Delhi Metro a smooth sailing.
There are a total of 185 stations spanned across 252 kilometers. What started with just four coaches has now morphed to six or eight coaches per train because of the rapid rise in the number of commuters. The best feature is that a special coach at the front of each train is reserved exclusively for female travellers to enable them to travel in relative comfort and safety.
The Metro is currently operational on six lines covering all the major areas of the city. The trains generally operate between 6 AM-11 PM.
Routes Of The Delhi Metro
Pink Line: Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar
Pink Line, the seventh line of Delhi Metro, starts from Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar. It will prove a big boon for commuters, especially students, who till now have to travel either by road from the North Campus or take the Airport Line metro till Dhaula Kuan and commute again on road. The Pink Line will be the longest line of Delhi Metro and will cover the entire city in a ‘U’ shape after being completely constructed. The entire line will have a total length of 58.596 km out of which 39.479 km will be elevated and 19.117 km will be underground. The stretch will cross all other existing lines of the Delhi Metro – red line, blue line, green line, violet line, yellow line and Airport Express line.
Apart from the metro lines, Pink Line will also be connected to the Anand Vihar Terminal and Hazrat Nizamuddin railway stations along with Anand Vihar ISBT and Sarai Kale Khan Inter State Bus Terminals. It is part of the Delhi Metro’s Phase-III project. The entire corridor will open by June 2018.
Magenta Line: Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir
Magenta line is the first driverless metro in India. It consists of 25 metro stations from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden. Once fully complete, the Magenta Line will provide direct connectivity to Terminal 1D of Indira Gandhi International Airport. Currently, the line is operational between Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir since 25 December 2017. The upcoming Hauz Khas station on this line and the current Yellow Line will be the deepest Metro station at a depth of 32 metres, surpassing the record set by Chawri Bazaar station currently on the Yellow Line, at a depth of 22 metres
Red Line: Dilshad Garden – Rithala
The line covers 21 stations connecting West and East Delhi. A major station lying on this line is Kashmere Gate, where commuters exchange trains between the Yellow and Red Lines. It is currently the largest station of the Delhi Metro, with five huge levels and numerous restaurants, cafés and bookstores spread across it.
Yellow Line: Jahangir Puri – HUDA City Centre
This line is partly underground and partly elevated with 34 stations. The line connects East Delhi through South Delhi up until Gurgaon in Haryana. Major tourist attractions of Delhi – Connaught Place (CP), the Secretariat, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Dilli Haat, Qutub Minar, Chattarpur Mandir as well as various museums and places of interest – all lie on this line, easily accessible from one or the other Metro Station. Major exchange stations are Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate & Central Secretariat of the Delhi Metro, and New Delhi & Chandni Chowk connecting to the Indian Railways network.
Blue Line: Noida City Centre – Dwarka Sector 21; Yamuna Bank – Vaishali
The Blue Line has two separate lines connecting at the Yamuna Bank station. Line 1 connects Dwarka subcity in the west to Noida in the NCR, covering 44 stations. Line 2 originates at Yamuna Bank and goes upto Vaishali in Ghaziabad covering eight stations. Rajiv Chowk is the major exchange station on this line, where the Yellow & Blue lines connect. This line provides access to major markets of Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden & Karol Bagh etc as also the Akshardham Temple.
Green Line: Inderlok – Mundka; Kirti Nagar – Ashok Park Main
The Green Line runs largely along the Rohtak Rd connecting Mundka to Inderlok on one line and Kirti Nagar to Ashok Park on the other line, with a total of 17 stations. The line connects to the Red Line at Inderlok and the Blue Line at Kirti Nagar station.
Violet Line: Central Secretariat – Badarpur
A total of 16 stations on the Violet Line connect Central Secretariat on the Yellow Line to Badarpur in the southernmost part of Delhi. Major shopping centres of Lajpat Nagar, Nehru Place and Khan Market as well as Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the famous Kalkaji Mandir lie on this line. Also, the 3.2 km-long underground metro section from Central Secretariat to Mandi House is now open.
Airport Express: New Delhi – Dwarka Sector 21
This line is the most state-of-the-art corridor of the Delhi Metro. High speed trains ply over 6 stations linking the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) with Central and West Delhi. Various eateries and infrastructure facilities are also available on this high-end expressway that makes commuting a lot easier for international travellers.
Metro Feeder Bus Service is currently available at a number of stations to facilitate easy travel between the stations and nearby areas. Parking facilities for commuters’ vehicles are also available at most of the stations.
Ticket Options of Delhi Metro
Delhi Metro has introduced ticketing and passenger control through a completely Automatic Fare Collection system. The ticket, which could be a card or a token, is purchased from the Ticket Counter. The passenger then proceeds to one of several gates that separate the Paid Area from the Unpaid Area. Here, the passenger will hold the ticket close to the machine to the right of the gate. If valid, the gates will open automatically, and the passenger can pass to the Paid Area. If not valid, then the passenger will need to contact the Customer Service Staff.
Travel Card: A travel card is a pre paid card most suitable and convenient for frequent travellers to avoid long queues. A stored value card, The minimum recharge value of a travel card is Rs. 200/- and the maximum is Rs. 1000/-. A security deposit of Rs. 50/- (Refundable on return of card) is payable at purchase and the file commuter can add on a minimum value of Rs/-50 during purchase. The minimum add-value amount will continue to be Rs. 100/-.
Tourist Card: A tourist card is a pre paid card for unlimited travel over short periods.
There are two kinds of tourist cards – 1 day and 3 day.
– Value of 1-Day Card: Rs 100
– Value of 3-Day Card: Rs 250
– Refundable Deposit: Rs 50/- payable at purchase (refundable on return of card)
Token: A token is something which can be bought right before the journey.
Single-Journey Token: For one way journey
Value will depend on the destination. Valid only on the day of purchase.
Minimum Fare Rs. 10/- and Maximum Fare Rs. 50/-
Certain Special Features of Delhi Metro
Wheel Chair Friendly Stations
All stations have ramps built right at the entrance to help wheelchair-bound people to roll themselves around the station. There are lifts at all stations too. This shows how methodologically the Delhi Metro stations have been built.
DMRC and ICICI bank got together to launch a DMRC debit card which has an auto recharge facility and gives 10 % discount on metro fare and shops at metro stations. There are also cash back offers and reward points? Happy travelling!