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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

metro1Wading through the crowd, sweat trickling down her brows, she finally queues behind the serpentine crowd at Huda City Centre. Her puckered face staring at the clock which is about to tick ten while the Jahangirpuri bound metro train billows at the teeming crowd thronging the station.

The doors gradually open and a huge crowd gushes out of the doors, pushing and squashing each other. The fifty year old puckered face enters the train somehow and says, “If you want to punish someone, please ask him or her to travel by Delhi Metro at the 9th hour of the day.”

A similar situation pervades metro stations across the city. The Yellow, Blue and Purple Line could be termed as the busiest and the most unbearable ones in the rush hours.

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“It’s almost impossible to breathe properly… you, in a way, go claustrophobic. You don’t even have a proper space to put forth your feet and these are the times when you often get subjected to untoward situation, especially in the general compartment. I have to come down to Vishwavidyalaya all the way from Gurgaon and metro is the only feasible option but the mess inside the train itself makes me loathe the same,” said 23-year-old Khushbu Kumar, a Delhi University student.

Trailing on a similar line of thought, 40 year old Rakesh Kumar said,”I am physically handicapped and it becomes really difficult for me to commute all the way from Mayur Vihar to Central Secretariat. Though there are reserved seats for physically handicapped, it becomes difficult to get hold of a seat. People are just not ready to get off their seats. There should be a rule to curb the number of people boarding a train especially during the rush hours.”

“Both ITO and Badarpur bound trains follow the same track. So, there is a lot of hassle and I get late. Besides, there is a lack of proper announcements owing to which I often miss my train and eventually get late for office,” laments 24-year-old Priya Vashisht.

25-year-old Sukriti Kapoor while fidgeting with her bags, struggling to get inside the bloated train took a deep breathe8055914-fabd-4626-a119-d6ae330a0932wallpaper1 after boarding the train. She said, “Yesterday, I saw a three-year-old falling off the compartment, the infant was wailing out of pain but nobody had the intent to spare their time on him. I have testified similar issues earlier as well. I board a metro to save my penny but the kind of troubles I go through, I think I will be giving up my metro rides soon.”

Though Delhi metro has bestowed upon the citizenry a lot of advantages, the looming predicaments kind of refutes the boon rendered by the same.

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History Of Metro Rail In India

Starting with underground railway system in Kolkata the metro rail has come a long way

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By Ruchika Verma 

  • Metro Rails are one of the easiest and most comfortable ways of commuting
  • Starting with underground railway system in Kolkata the metro rail has come a long way
  • Delhi Metro was the first modern metro rail in India

Railways are definitely one of the largest and most convenient forms of transportation. And metro rail is more than convenient, it is the lifeline of most of the metropolitan cities in India.

Metro is one of the easiest way of commuting. Pixabay
Metro is one of the easiest ways of commuting. Pixabay

Metro has made everyday commute very easy for people. It is time-saving, cost-effective and most of all, convenient and comfortable. However, what really is the history of metro rail in India? When did it start and where was the first metro in India started?

Wherever Metro is available, people are using it to its fullest. It is natural to be curious about its history too, here is a brief history of metro in India.

The First Metro in India

Delhi may be the first city where modern metro rail system was introduced, but it is not the first city which saw the first metro system in India.

The first metro rail in India was introduced in kolkata. www.railnews.co.in
The first metro rail in India was introduced in Kolkata. www.railnews.co.in

The first metro system was introduced in Kolkata and it completely an underground one. The idea of an underground railway system was conceived by the then Chief Miniter of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy in the 1950s. The first Kolkata Metro was run on run on 24 October 1984 between Dam Dam to Tollygunge. And since then many plans have laid out and carried out successfully to expand the metro rail system in Kolkata.

Also Read: 10 llittle-knownfacts about Delhi Metro which makes it distinct

How The Other Cities Followed

The history of metro in India may have started in Kolkata. But the modern metro rail history in India definitely starts with Delhi. When one is talking about the history of Metro, one of the most prominent names which come to our mind is, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, also popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’. He was the mastermind behind the Delhi Metro. The popularity of metro rail system in India is all a fruit of his hard work, efforts and dedication.

Delhi Metro is undoubtedly the lifeline of Delhi and is also a benchmark in the history of metro in India. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi Metro is undoubtedly the lifeline of Delhi and is also a benchmark in the history of Metro in India. Wikimedia Commons

The first metro in Delhi was run in 2002, which was the Red Line. After it, the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon started in November 2013. It was India’s first privately owned & operated metro.

Metro rail in India uses both standard gauges and broad gauges.  Delhi Metro used broad gauge for their earliest lines, but the new metros in other states like Mumbai Metro and Bangalore Metro as well are using the standard gauge.

The metro systems are now also developed in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Chennai. Soon, the metro will also be functional in Lucknow.

Also Read: ‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

Metro was introduced in Mumbai in the year 2014.
Metro was introduced in Mumbai in the year 2014.

Metro has come a long way and has even a longer way to go. The developments are going at a fast pace and without a doubt, new and better technologies are in store for all of us in India.