Metro services between Delhi and Noida on the Magenta Line will be opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25. It will have several firsts, including platform screen doors which open only when a train arrives. The trains will not have regular drivers. Attendants will, however, be present on board to keep an eye on the operations. Delhi and its neighbouring cities may have the fastest growing Metro network. But other cities have been equally quick to realise the importance of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).
Here are 10 things that you should know about Metro services
- Ten cities in India have their own Metro services. These are Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi and Lucknow.
- All these cities will get an additional 313 kms of Metro lines by March 2018.
- After the end of the proposed Phase 4, the Delhi Metro could end up becoming the largest Metro system outside of China.
- Kolkata was the first city in India to have a Metro. Services began in 1984 though the project had started in the early seventies. It will soon have a new east-west metro extension till the airport.
- Hyderabad Metro is the newest service to become operational. The 30-km long first phase was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 November 2017.
- Kochi, which became the eighth Indian city to have a Metro in June 2017, saw the 13-km project being commissioned in a record time of 45 months.
- The Rapid Metro which opened in Gurgaon in 2013 was the first privately-built and operated service in the country.
- Looking at metro systems across world, New York City has the maximum stations – 468 – in a Metro network.
- Shanghai is estimated to have the longest Metro network length in the world, with a figure close to 450 kms.
- London has the oldest Metro in the world with an elaborate network of underground tunnels for the trains. Known as the Underground or the Tube, it opened in 1863.