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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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Delhi Metro Partners Uber for Last-mile Connectivity: Report

Upon selecting the public transport feature, riders will be able to see the fastest and cheapest routes, real-time schedules, as well as departure time for public transportation, including Metro and buses and walking directions, to and from nearby Metro stations and bus stops

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Hiring a cab from a Metro station in Delhi is set to become a lot more easier as ride hailing major Uber on Tuesday announced it has won a competitive bid to expand its operations across 210 Delhi Metro stations.

Under the partnership to improve first and last-mile connectivity for users, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will provide Uber dedicated pick up and drop points.

Talking to reporters, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said that a pilot is being run at about four stations and the facility will eventually be made available in 210 of 274 Metro stations.

“Research has shown that integrating on-demand services with public transport is beneficial for riders,” Singh said at an even which saw Uber launching its “public transport” service in Delhi, making it the ninth city globally and first in Asia to have such a feature.

“This new initiative integrating public transport with mobility operators like Uber will certainly boost first and last mile connectivity solutions for around six million passenger journeys performed in the system daily,” Singh said.

“DMRC has partnered with on-demand mobility operators like Uber to enhance their commuting experience with seamless last mile connectivity,” he said.

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Uber said it launched the “public transport” journey planning feature for Uber riders across New Delhi to make travel easier with the information riders need to make the smartest possible journey choices.

“We want to be the operating system of your everyday life. We want to replace your car with your phone,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told reporters here.

“India is core to Uber’s growth strategy for the next 5-10 years,” he added.

Riders will see “Public Transport” as an option alongside UberGo, Premier and Pool after opening the Uber app and entering a destination.

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Upon selecting the public transport feature, riders will be able to see the fastest and cheapest routes, real-time schedules, as well as departure time for public transportation, including Metro and buses and walking directions, to and from nearby Metro stations and bus stops.

“By launching Public Transport, live transit information about the city’s heartline, the Delhi Metro and the DTC, will be available in the Uber app, thereby helping us fulfill some of the important responsibilities that come with being a good partner to this great global city,” said Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Uber India and South Asia. (IANS)