Wish me the best as I’ve turned sweet sixteen and by now made the most into your lives. It was the same day, 25th of December, in 2002, when, with a cloud of uncertainty, erstwhile Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit threw me open to you. As I recount my first tiny steps begun with the 8-km-long stretch on Red Line between Shahdara and Tis Hazari. I am Delhi Metro……
Whether it’s the sweltering heat or the chilling cold, I start my day at 5 am and call it off at 11.30pm. After my sibling in Kolkata, I’m the second oldest operational network of its kind across the country. A couple of laters, Red Line received it’s a pair as Yellow came into being existence between Vishwa Vidyalaya to Central Secretariat. The last part of the Phase-1 was the Blue line from Indraprastha to Dwarka in 2006, and the initial trio was completed.
Slowly and steadily my expanses grew beyond the ambit of Delhi. It was in 2009, just ahead of the Common Wealth Games 2010, which was a great show put up by the city, I found myself multiplying speedily. Yellow Line extended to Gurgaon, which was always a vital constituent of Delhi NCR.
A major overhaul came in 2011, when I found my exciting Express Line that could connect the heart of the city to the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Subsequently, a few other wings have been added with time and currently, I stand at 8 colour coordinated routes, spanning over 300km overall.
If you go by numbers, I am second to none. I ferry approximately 26-27 lakh riders every day with nearly 300 metros in my fleet. I’ve seen emotions of every kind – children travelling with their parents to school and old age parents heading to a hospital with their children to friends going for a hangout afternoon and couple sharing cute nothings.
By now, you must have guessed who I am. And I hope to consider an indispensable part of the city’s life.