नई दिल्ली New Delhi: Come December 25, Delhi Metro shall be completing 12 years of its spectacular journey that started in 2002 when it opened its first corridor between Shahdara and Tis Hazari. Needless to say, it has truly been a joy ride for the dwellers of this amazing city.
For it has changed the way Delhiites travel to their offices, schools, colleges, and places of tourist attraction. Those who have travelled in the killer red-line buses would second this without batting an eyelid. It is economic, safe, comfortable, environment-friendly, and frequent. You live in Gurgaon and want to have paranthas at Paranthe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk in next one hour? No problem, because ‘Delhi Metro hai na!’
There are many reasons why Delhi Metro has been ranked second among 18 international Metro systems – including Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Singapore – in terms of overall customer satisfaction in an online customer survey.
Today we bring you top five reasons that make the Delhi Metro stand out from the crowd. It has more than one strings to its fiddle, literally.
1. It’s exceedingly CHEAP!
When it comes to fare, the Delhi Metro is the least expensive in the world. Let us show you how. In Delhi Metro minimum one-ware fare is merely Rs.8 while maximum is Rs.40. Now let’s see how much one-way journey costs in some of the biggest cities around the world. In London Metro minimum one-ware fare is Rs.453.91 while maximum is Rs.565.09; in Hong Kong Metro, one has to shell out minimum Rs.35.70 and maximum Rs.387.68 for one-way trip; in Berlin Metro its Rs.136.07 and Rs.272.38 respectively.
2. It’s environment FRIENDLY
Did you know that Delhi Metro has helped to reduce pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year thus helping in reducing global warming? For this reason, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation won the award for Best Clean Development Project at Urban Mobility Conference in 2011. Today, about 18 lakh people travel by Delhi Metro, which is completely non-polluting and environment-friendly. In its absence, all these people would have traveled by cars, buses, two/three wheelers etc which would have resulted in emission of greenhouse gases.
3. It’s SAFE
At the bottom of the escalators, the commuters are thoroughly frisked by armed guards and their bags are scanned. Besides, with so many cops around, it’s very safe for women.
4. It’s CLEAN
Delhi Metro stations are more or less litter and garbage free, unlike Indian Railways stations. For in the last 12 years, its cleanliness has remained intact. In fact, it has set high standards for others to follow.
5. It’s FREQUENT
Have you missed a Delhi Metro train and getting late for office? Don’t worry and be happy because, lo and behold, another has already arrived in your service.
That’s the beauty of Delhi Metro; it really understands the value of your time.