The Commonwealth Games 2010 is coming up in Delhi. Read on to know what Delhi Metro plans to offer to the city in the coming years.
The city of Delhi finds pride of place as the capital of India. It is the biggest political center in India. It is also one of the major industrial and business hubs in the country. The presence of a host of attractions also sees the coming of thousands of tourists into the city. All this had made it necessary to develop a rapid transit system in Delhi. The Delhi Metro Railway was just an answer to that requirement. It was the second underground transport system after Kolkata Metro. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) looks after this rapid underground railway.
The construction work of the Metro began in 1998. The Delhi Metro first opened in 2002. It has since been a popular choice for daily commuters and tourists. It was inaugurated by Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India. The commercial services of the Metro Railways started here on Christmas Day in the same year.
Plans of Delhi Metro
The national capital region of Delhi comprises of the city as well as other satellite regions like
- Greater Noida
The extension of the railway is the major plan of Delhi Metro authorities. Some of the plans that the DMRC authorities hope to realize include
Completing Phase-II of the Metro by the year 2010.
Completing Phase-III of the Metro by the year 2015.
Completing Phase-IV of the Metro by the year 2020.
Launching an interactive official website including all details regarding Delhi Metro. This will include information about fairs as well as the route map.
Issuing special Commonwealth Games (CWG) booklets to render information about the event to commuters.
Expansion of Metro link to Greater Noida by the year 2013.
Expansion of Metro link to Ghaziabad, one of the NCT region cities.
Forming an express rail service. This will connect Connaught Place to the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Posting specially trained Metro security personnel to provide protection at every station.
Connecting the city with all its satellite regions. This is a part of the Master Delhi Metro Plan.
Expanding the Delhi Metro railways to cover a 420 km area before the Commonwealth Games begin.
The trains run at a frequency of 8 to 10 minutes. The number of trains and the frequency are planned to be increased. This is being done keeping the increasing commuter traffic in mind.
Air-conditioning all upcoming metro stations.
Making services friendlier for the physically challenged commuters.
Deploying plainclothes marshals on every train. This is supposed to tackle any emergency including terrorist attacks.
Leasing areas around each station for the development of offices and shopping malls. This will generate more revenue.
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