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Old March 21st, 2006, 05:19 AM   #1
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Keeping Women Safe on the Delhi Metro

Delhi metro liberates female commuters

NEW DELHI, March 21, 2006 (AFP) - In a city where women are routinely groped on buses, and reports of abduction by taxi or autorickshaw drivers abound, the well-policed metro has proved liberating for female commuters in New Delhi.

As many as 500,000 people now ride the gleaming metro, which has given women, in particular, greater independence.

"If the metro wasn't there we wouldn't be going on this trip," said Anukriti Sinha, 17, who was headed with a friend from the city centre to a new mall in West Delhi after school let out.

"An auto is not a safe thing but here there are many people," said Sinha.

Sprawling New Delhi now spans almost 1,500 square kilometers, and even lifelong residents find themselves increasingly unfamiliar with the city.

But over the last three years, the metro has gradually connected government offices and shops in the city's colonial-era center with Mughal Old Delhi and with newly established residential neighborhoods.

Sinha, dressed in her uniform of a white shirt and pleated skirt, said the outing was the first time she had traveled so far from her East Delhi home without her parents.

Jyotsna Saluja, a housewife, said that the metro's arrival meant she no longer had to wait for her husband to have a day off in order to visit her parents.

"One can go on one's own, one doesn't have to depend on anyone," said long-haired Saluja, who has taken the metro on her own, but was accompanied on this visit by her in-laws.

The new-found sense of security women report feeling on the metro is due in part to its strong police presence.

All passengers must pass through metal detectors, manned by several policemen, to enter the stations.

There are no "women-only" carriages, as there are in Egypt's Cairo metro, but police officers ride the cars, which are equipped with call boxes.

Some female passengers also say a different "class" of passengers travels by metro.

Bhavna Yadav, 25, said she believed the cost of the metro kept out the people who might be more likely to annoy women travellers.

"The fare is more. That is a big factor," said the petite Yadav, who paid 16 rupees (36 US cents) to take a bus and then the metro to go shopping alone, while doing the entire journey by bus would have cost seven rupees.

Until the metro's arrival, the dilapidated and overcrowded bus system was the city's only mode of public transport.

But added to the constant worry of being felt up, erratic schedules and long travel times made the non-airconditioned and often windowless bus an excruciating option.

That made people like civil servant B.K. Chaddha stay put after returning to her Northeast Delhi home in the afternoon.

"I never used to leave Shahdara after three," said the middle-aged Chaddha, who lives near the city's oldest line, which started running in December 2002.

Chaddha now takes the air-conditioned and spotless metro to worship at a Sikh temple in Old Delhi, a trip that takes under an hour instead of the almost two hours it used to.

Although passengers getting on do push past those getting off, some -- pointing to the lack of groping, spitting or littering -- still say the metro has had a civilizing affect on Delhi residents, at least while they are on it.

"People are less pushy compared to the bus. They are obeying the rules," said Prachi, a psychologist, traveling from East Delhi. Like many in India she goes by one name.

"I think it is because people feel proud of the metro."

While women have been the most obvious beneficiaries of the metro's speed and security, city travel has become safer for men too.

"Road rage is another thing that the metro has really helped with," said Saikot Ghosh, a marketing professional who takes the metro every day. "I used to get so frustrated driving."

Clashes provoked by road rage are increasing in this city of 1.4 million cars, where it can take 45 minutes to drive 10 kilometers at rush hour.

In January, newspapers reported that a man shot a driver whose car scraped his, as well as a pedestrian who tried to intervene.

The metro has also allowed commuters a touch of vanity.

"The helmet ruined my hair, my clothes used to turn black," said Sunil Dutt, co-owner of a card shop in Old Delhi, who used to travel by motorcycle.

"After the metro came I bought a white shirt. And I started to comb my hair."
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 05:31 AM   #2
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Delhi Metro

I have not seen the Delhi Metro thread in a long long time. There are a lot of new pics. The Delhi Metro plans to cover 300km of the city and suburbs by 2015! Just recently metro was approved to go to very fast growing suburbs of Noida and Gurgaon. Already the metro goes to Dwarka Sub city and will be going to airport. Actually there will also be bullet train from airport being built. The Delhi metro is funded a lot by Japan Bank as are many of the other new metros that have begun construction in India. This is the first and only one to be partly completed so far. Delhi is fast growing and has a population of 9,817,439 in city and 12,791,458 in metro. Infrastucture needs to keep up. Monorail projects proposed will be constructed by malaysian firms starting this year. They will be feeders to the metro. Delhi is also getting a lot of Expressways.


The DMRC is now planning a Central Secre t a r i at - Badarpur and Adarsh Nagar-R a j o u r i Garden line.

An interchange station will be provided near Shivaji Park. After this, the line will travel north to intersect Shahdara-Rithala Line 1 at Netaji Subhash Place station. Here again, commuters will have the option to hop on to the other elevated line.



The actual facts
Delhi to have a Metro station every 500 meters by 2020

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief E.Sreedharan said on Wednesday that his mission was to see the Delhi Metro d covering 400 kms of Delhi, with a Metro station within 500 meters of residence of each citizen by 2020.

Speaking at a CII-organised felicitation ceremony here, Sreedharan said the upgrading of Delhi's railway network, including the ring railway, and expanding the role of IRBT, and cleaning of the Yamuna are his other wishes for Delhi.

Delhi Chief Secretary S.Reghunathan said that to have a true Brand Delhi, a caring, compassionate and disciplined Delhi needed to be created.

Describing his Melbourne experience, Regunathan said that the single most important factor that made the Melbourne Games a success was the huge numbers of volunteers, involvement of senior citizens and discipline.

He urged the CII to conduct workshops with the help of the Central Government to make sure the Commonwealth Games 2010 are organized well and turn out to be a big success".


Line Two of the Delhi Metro Project was completed with the inauguration of the Kashmere Gate - Central Secretariat Metro section on 2nd July, 2005. This section is 7 kms long and has 6 stations. This section is completely underground.

Line Three of the Delhi Metro Project was completed with the inauguration of the Barakhamba – Dwarka Metro Section on 30th December, 2005. This section is 22.79 Kms long and has 22 stations. This is the first Line where metro train operates on underground as well as elevated levels.


Phase I of Delhi Metro Rail project consists of the following three lines:

Line Length (Kms) No. of Stations
Line No.1- Shahdara-Tri Nagar-Rithala 22.06 18
Line No.2- Vishwa Vidyalaya-Central Secretariat 10.84 10
Line No.3- Indraprastha-Barakhamba Road-Dwarka Sub City 32.10 31
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the high point of the section is a 60-metre steel span bridge that has been constructed above the existing Raja Garden flyover on Ring Road. The 480 metric tonnes steel behemoth has been erected 17 metres above the road level and 5.50 metres from the existing flyover deck to accommodate vehicular clearance.

"The major achievement here has been that this bridge has been constructed in a record three months and with minimum disturbance to the traffic on the flyover and the road below. During the erection of the steel girder span, the traffic on the flyover was never blocked except for seven to eight hours on one night only,'' said the Director (Project and Planning) of DMRC, C.B.K. Rao, following a site visit by media persons on Wednesday.

This is the longest steel span bridge to be installed by DMRC. It was fabricated in Kolkata and launched at the site. And while another 60-metre-long steel bridge has been put up at Shadipur, the construction of this one was much more difficult and heavy traffic flowed beneath all the time.


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Old April 23rd, 2006, 06:30 AM   #7
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Blue sign is station sign. That is underground station.














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Line II - Delhi Metro



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Old April 23rd, 2006, 06:35 AM   #9
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I think it is CP or Kashmere Gate... anybody from delhi confirm this...


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Elevated Viaduct from 0.62Km to 8.00Km on Barakhamba Road-Connaught Place-Dwarka Section for Line No. 3 (U/C)






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Central Sectretariat
The staircase which takes one to the concourse level upto the ticket counter








A Metro halts at CP and a huge rush of people get down at the platform the train is coming from DU towards CS


CP metro Concourse
This is the concourse level of CP which is quite huge construction work is still on and much has to be done on this


CP escillator
The escilltors are yet not in service they were either closed or still work had to be done on them








Concourse level of kashmere gate
Picture quality not very good since i was on the move this mad rush was coming behind me


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Kashmere gate roof
This was under construction one day before the opening of the 7km underground strech


KG escillator


DU platform station
the last of the underground stations while you are travelling from CS to DU


DU platform station2
Another view of the DU platform


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Patel Chowk metro station
This is the patel chowk metro station which has another entrance across de road wher DMRC plans to construct ML parking


Stairs leading to concourse in PC metro
Some plants are installed for beautification here


This is one of the many hoardings which shows the funding plan in PC metro station


Glass Elevator
The snap has been taken from the back side of the elevator opposite to the side of entrance


The PC metro platform
One of the guards can be seen directing people to stay away from the yellow line


NDLS platform level


NDLS metro station


The NDLS entrance to metro station
This is in close proximity to platform number 12 .One needs to come out and the platform is barely 10 m


Another Entrance


Train to CP


Subway type look of CP entrance


Rajiv Chowk platform
one side has rush because of ppl wanting to take either red line or go towards KG,other side towards CS is fairly free
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Caption: Office goers standing in a queue to purchase the ticket for travaling in a Metro Rail from Central Secretariat Metro Rail Station, which was opened to the public yesterday, in New Delhi . Photo: Shanker Chakravarty 04-07-05




























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Viswa Vidyalaya Metro Station





SS interiors in a Delhi metro coach


Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to use 240 SS EMU coaches. Also SS being used at metro stations.


Delhi Metro’s underground services. Integral Coach Factory’s export of




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This Picture says it all....

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Damn.....it seems like it is expanding at an incredible rate.....btw, when was the first line opened??
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McDONALDS AT DELHI METRO
















SOME MORE PICS OF DELHI METRO RAIL

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Shahdara station








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Metro Mall/Station






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