metro, planned monorail, planned tram
New Delhi is building metro lines faster than a bowl of week old curry in your intestines. In just a decade, the rapidly expanding metro is seen as a success story for the city, and a rapidly expanding necessity for the Delhi metro area residents.
Line 1, the Red Line, of the new New Delhi metro opened on Christmas Eve, 2002. Since then, six new lines, plus a branch line of Line 3 and an extension of Line 1 to Guragong have opened, bringing the system to 145 stations and 193 km.
The luxurious Delhi Metro Airport Express, aka AMEL line aka the Orange Line, a 22.7 km high speed metro, speeds through 15.7 km of subway tunnels at up to 130 kph. Four of the five stations are in subway, where vendors sell some of the best Delhi sandwiches in town. And well they should, with
train fares five times that of the regular metro. And yet, due to alleged corruption on faulty track construction, the line is temporarily closed.
Also opening it's connecting section is the once orphaned Yellow line, which now connects Delhi with the city of Gurgaon, soon to have it's own private metro.
Much of the system is elevated but there are several underground sections on the Blue and Yellow lines. The Red and Green lines are completely above ground, with the latter serving the suburbs entirely. Progress was made despite a rash of serious accidents.
According to a statement by Delhi Metro in 2003, the system, when
complete, will have 34.5 km subway, 35.5 km elevated, and 111 km
surface running. Delhi Metro now plans on a complete system - is there really such a thing? - of 413 km.
Delhi's metro is considered a state of the art system, with air conditioned driverless trains, magnetic fare cards and electronic fare gates.
Some ask, why does Delhi metro Lines 1, 2 and 3 run on broad gauge while Delhi's other metro lines run on standard gauge? Simply put, the Metro's director had a fight with Indian Railways. I wonder, is there a word for pissing match in Hindi? Anyway, Indian Railways were unhappy about not being
involved in the project, so they started kicking up sand in their little
coriander sandbox. After a long and bitter battle that delayed the project by over a year, the very powerful Railway Ministry overruled Delhi Metro's director and forced DM to adopt broad gauge for Phase 1 (lines 1-3). When the Delhi Metro director was asked to stay on for Phase II, he insisted and got the standard gauge he'd fought for with lines 1, 2 and three. And that children, is why the Delhi Metro uses two different gauges. Politicians are so wise.
Delhi's Purple (Bardarpur) Line includes an elevated station at Lala Lajpat Rai Marg The station consists of two tiny terminals sandwiched between two houses on each side of the street. Passengers will access the trains using glorified catwalks thar will lead to a narrow platform. Four out of the 15 stations on the 20 km metro will be underground. The first 16 km was due to pen in October 2010 after long delays due to a girder collapse in 2009 which killed 6 people. After further delays, it finally opened in January 2011. This brought the growing system to 161 km and 135 stations.
Unbeknownst to some, there
are also 15 subways in New Delhi, the first built in 1987. Another eight are planned. They do not,
however, involve rail.
And remember, when riding the Delhi metro, remember to
leave your cigarettes at
A feasibility study is now underway for Old Delhi, with the possibility of a
tramway system being built.
Monorail - planned
From Railway Gazette - The Delhi government has approved ‘in principle’ the construction of a 108 km orbital monorail line connecting three metro routes in the city’s eastern suburbs at an estimated cost of Rs16·6bn. The elevated line would connect Shastri Park to Trilokpuri via Laxmi Nagar, serving 12 stations, and would carry 150 000 passengers/day.
Tramway - planned
Noida Authority and Ghaziabad Development Authority have drawn up separate plans
for tram lines in the Delhi satellite town.
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