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Old June 21st, 2011, 07:57 PM   #61
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But that thread has closed now, so I'm created it.

Today many people don’t know that Delhi once had a tram network. The tram system opened on March 6, 1908 and by 1921 there were 15 km of track and 24 cars.

That tram served in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chak area. But like many cities around the world, anti-tram storm shook Delhi, which closed that network in 1962.



Today that are is served by metro line 2. Due to shield tunneling, it was not possible to recover tram tracks under asphalt.

There was a plan of return tram in Delhi on the same area, but nothing materialized till now.

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Old June 24th, 2011, 12:07 AM   #62
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Past at a glance:-

The concept of a mass rapid transit for Delhi first emerged from a traffic and travel characteristics study carried out in the city in 1969. Over the next several years, many official committees by a variety of government departments were commissioned to examine issues related to technology, route alignment and governmental jurisdiction. In 1984, the Delhi Development Authority and the Urban Arts Commission came up with a proposal for developing a multi-modal transport system, which would consist of constructing three underground mass rapid transit corridors as well augmenting the city's existing suburban railway and road transport networks.

While extensive technical studies and search for financing the project were in progress, the city expanded significantly resulting in a twofold rise in population and a fivefold rise in the number of vehicles between 1981 and 1998. Consequently, traffic congestion and pollution soared, as an increasing number of commuters took to private vehicles with the existing bus system unable to bear the load. An attempt at privatising the bus transport system in 1992 merely compounded the problem, with inexperienced operators plying poorly maintained, noisy and polluting buses on lengthy routes, resulting in long waiting times, unreliable service, extreme overcrowding, unqualified drivers, speeding and reckless driving. To rectify the situation, the Government of India and the Government of Delhi jointly set up a company called the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on March 5, 1995 with E. Sreedharan as the managing director.

Physical construction work on the Delhi Metro started on October 1, 1998. After the previous problems experienced by the Kolkata Metro, which was badly delayed and 12 times over budget due to "political meddling, technical problems and bureaucratic delays", the DMRC was given full powers to hire people, decide on tenders and control funds. As a result, construction proceeded smoothly, except from one major disagreement in 2000, where the Ministry of Railways forced the system to use broad gauge despite the DMRC's preference for standard gauge.

The first line of the Delhi Metro was inaugurated by Atal Behari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India on December 24, 2002 and thus it became the second underground rapid transit system in India, after the Kolkata Metro. The first phase of the project was completed in 2006 on budget and almost three years ahead of schedule, an achievement described by BusinessWeek as "nothing short of a miracle".

25 Dec 2002: Shahdara - Tis-Hazari (Red Line)
03 Oct 2003: Tis Hazari - Inder Lok (Trinagar) (Red Line)
31 Mar 2004: Inder Lok - Rithala (Red Line)
19 Dec 2004: Vishwa Vidyalaya (Delhi University) - Kashmere Gate (Yellow Line),
03 July 2005: Kashmere Gate - Central Secretariat (Yellow Line), 31 Dec 2005: Dwarka - Barakhamba (Blue Line),
01 Apr 2006: Dwarka - Dwarka Sector 9 (Blue Line),
11 Nov 2006: Barakhamba - Indraprastha (Blue Line),
04 Jun 2008: Shahdara - Dilshad Garden (Red Line),
04 Feb 2009: Vishwa Vidyalaya - Jahangirpuri (Yellow Line),
10 May 2009: Indraprastha - Yamuna Bank (Blue Line),
13 Nov 2009: Yamuna Bank - NOIDA City Centre (Sector 32) (Blue Line),
08 Jan 2010: Yamuna Bank - Anand Vihar (Blue Line),
03 Apr 2010: Inderlok - Mundka (Green Line),
21 June 2010: Qutab Minar - HUDA City Centre (Yellow Line),
26 Aug 2010: Chattarpur station added (Yellow Line)
03 Sept 2010: Central Secretariat - Qutub Minar (Yellow Line)
03 Oct 2010: Central Secretariat - Sarita Vihar (Violet Line) 15 km
30 Oct 2010: Dwarka Sector 9 - Dwarka Sector 21(Blue Line),


This is BG train, running on line 1 to 4.


This is SG train, running on line 5 & 6.
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Old June 24th, 2011, 06:19 AM   #63
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This is SG train, running on line 5 & 6.
Is that guard wielding a rifle?

At any rate, the construction speed is really impressive! Only thing that comes close is the Shenzhen Metro (180 km now, opened 2004).

I thought there would be a lot of political bickering and NIMBY types in India to slow it down. Guess not...
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DMRC ( Delhi Metro Rail Corporation)is totally a different team...It's led by the LEGEND himself Dr. E. Shreedharan....it's a zero corruption company...yes....zero corruption company...

Delhi metro truly is world class and has been applauded as one of the best in the world...truly so..We are proud of DMRC
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Old June 28th, 2011, 04:00 PM   #65
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Yes, with rifle due to securities.

Delhi metro has some salient features, which was first in India as metro.
1) Largest network.
2) Fastest expansion.
3) First metro with overhead wire & pantograph.
4) First metro with completely air-conditioned stocks.
5) First metro with all air-conditioned underground stations.
6) First metro with dual-gauge (BG & SG).
7) First metro with RFID tokens.
8) First metro with all day unlimited travel ticket.
9) First metro with mostly over-ground network.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #66
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Yes, with rifle due to securities.
Wow, I don't think I've seen anything like that elsewhere. Even in countries like the UK and Spain, where there are serious terrorist threats.

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9) First metro with mostly over-ground network.
How much of it is on ground (road/pedestrian) level?
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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:42 PM   #67
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Not much, only 2 stations.

Only Shastri Park station of line 1 (red) is on surface due to depot.
Only Yamuna Bank station of line 3 (blue) is on surface due to junction.

Onverground sections are mostly elevated due to space problem.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:46 PM   #68
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Recently after knowing future extensions of Delhi’s subway system I’m greatly impressed. Already 6 lines are running now. In 3rd phase-
1) Line 1 will be extended from Dilshad Garden to Gaziabad Bus Stand.
2) Line 2 will be extended from Jahangirpuri to Badli.
3) Line 4 will be extended from Anandabihar to Baishali.
4) Line 6 will be extended from Central Secretariet to Kashmir Gate and from Badarpur to Faridabad.
5) New line 7 from Ashok Park Main to Kirtinagar.
6) New line 8 from Dwarka Morh to Nazafgarh.
7) New line 9 from Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar .
8) New line 10 from Janakpuri (West) to Noida Botanical Garden

The target is 2015, It will be really great after that great expansion.

Delhi metro is our pride as an Indian. It is a world class metro.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 07:03 AM   #69
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Hi Ashis, please add the following material in the first post of this thread (this is from the first post of the local Delhi metro thread). Also change the name of the thread from Delhi subway to Delhi metro. "Subway" is not used in India. Even in rest of the world metro is perhaps more popular than subway.



Official Delhi Metro Website

Phase 3 Introduction:

Delhi Metro currently has 190 km of operational network (including 5 km of lines going to become operational in a couple of months).

It is being built in a phase-wise manner with Phase-I ending in 2005-06, Phase-II ending in 2010-11, Phase-III ending in 2015-16, Phase-IV ending in 2020-21, and possibly one or more phases after this.

Phase-I consisted of 65 km of lines
Phase-II consisted of 125 km of lines.
Phase-III is proposed to add 147 km more to the network.

The sections proposed to be built under Phase-III are:

(A) Extension of existing lines

1. Yellow Line extn (Jahangirpuri - Badli) = 4.5 km (within Delhi)

2. Blue Line branch (Dwarka Mor - Najafgarh)= 5 km (within Delhi)

3. Violet Line extn (Central Secretariat - Kashmere Gate) = 9.4 km (within Delhi)

4. Violet Line extn (Badarpur - Faridabad) = 13.9 km (in Faridabad)

5. Airport line extn (Dwarka Sec 21 - HUDA City Centre) = 14 km (4 km in Delhi, rest in Gurgaon)

6. Red Line extn (Dilshad Garden - Mohan Nagar) = 7.5 km (in Ghaziabad)

(B) New lines

1. Ring Road Line / Line 7 (Mukundpur - Yamuna Vihar) = 55.7 km (within Delhi)

2. Outer Ring Road Line / Line 8 (Janakpuri West - Kalindi Kunj - Botanical Garden)= 37.3 km (within Delhi, except 2 stations in Noida)


Apart from these lines, Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (5 km) is under construction.

Noida authority has also proposed a metro network of 86 km in Noida and Greater Noida (including the 3.76 km Kalindi Kunj - Botanical Garden section of ORR line).


Snapshot of network length after Phase-III





Maps

1. Operational network of Delhi Metro (Phase-I and II)

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2. How Delhi Metro has been built in phase-wise manner

Phase-I (Red) completed in 2005-06 (65 km)
Phase-II (Green) completed in 2010-11 (125 km)
Phase-III (Blue) to completed by 2015-16 (147 km)
Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (Black) to be completed by 2013 (5 km)

View this map live in Google maps here




3. How Delhi Metro will look after Phase-III

View this map live in Google maps here




4. How Delhi Metro will look after Phase-III (unicolour)

Since some of the line colours such as yellow and orange are difficult to view in Google maps, another map has been created in only one colour to easily visualize the expanse of network.

View this map live in Google maps here




Delhi Metro Project Background

The first train rolled down the tracks of Line 1 in 2002. In 2006 when the first phase of construction ended, the Delhi metro consisted of 3 lines, 59 stations totaling 65 kms.

The Delhi Metro was expanded at a war footing pace in all directions during Phase II of the project. After construction on Phase II ended in September 2010, it was able to boast of being the fastest metro system constructed in terms of kms/year added.

It took the DMRC 8 years to complete 65 kms of the Phase I works. For Phase II of the project, it doubled that number while halving the time of completion. It added around 125 kms of track in just around 4 years. The 2nd phase included three new lines, an airport express line and extensions of the lines that were built in Phase I. So by the end of 2010, the Delhi metro system consisted of 7 lines, 142 stations and 190 kms of track.

DMRC's Operational Metro Route - Phase I+II



Rolling Stock

1. Line 1,2,3,4 - Mitsubishi-Rotem-MELCO-BEML (Broad Gauge)


2. Line 1,2,3,4 - Bombardier (Broad Gauge)


3. Line 5,6 Mitsubishi-Rotem-BEML (Standard Gauge)


4. Airport Express Line - CAF (Standard Gauge)
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Old July 5th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #70
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Your updates are very very good.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 05:06 AM   #71
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Time for some pictures of the stations and the trains mates!!!
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Your updates are very very good.
It would be even better if you add these updates in the first post of this thread. Same thing is done in all Indian threads.
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Why the metro in first post have swastika on it?

Do you want to say something here?

Why deface the metro?
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I thought the Swastika was an old symbol that originated in India. Weren't the Aryans supposed to have originated from India/Persia?. It's just these days it has rather different connotations. Also look closely at the symbol it also has dots in each square and has wavy lines.
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BTW, how is possible that no one noted that with this planification the system is like divided in two sides where only the Yellow line offers a good connection service (Green line not). I saw the expansion plans, but letting this intermediate step seems strange to me.

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Why the metro in first post have swastika on it? Do you want to say something here?
A swastika is for the German Nazi fascist movement only if its straight lines are on a 45º angle respect the "floor" of the symbol. The world is plentiful of other similar crosses, some swastikas, some similar. Look:

This one is for Jainism (quite the OPPOSITE of fascism). Plus: For Kuna Yala in Panama, check the 90º angle plus the opposite facing.

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I thought the Swastika was an old symbol that originated in India. Weren't the Aryans supposed to have originated from India/Persia?. It's just these days it has rather different connotations. Also look closely at the symbol it also has dots in each square and has wavy lines.
I am not sure if the poster meant to say he was annoyed because of the swastika as a Nazi symbol, or just because it's been cut into the train by vandals:



I'd say this is vandalism, and should not be tolerated, regardless of its meaning.
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The 'swastika' isn't the real nazi swastika. It's actually a deeply religious symbol in India and many other countries, used for thousands of years before it was adopted by the national socialists in Germany. That it should appear on the front of a Delhi Metro train is probably just someone trying to bless the train.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
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Yes. It was blessed by a priest on launch day. Hence the swastika.
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In that case, they should leave the swastika there. It's a nice reminder that you're in India, where religion permeates every day life

And anyone stupid enough to think some neo-nazi vandalised the train should really take a lesson in religions of the world.
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I am not sure if the poster meant to say he was annoyed because of the swastika as a Nazi symbol, or just because it's been cut into the train by vandals:



I'd say this is vandalism, and should not be tolerated, regardless of its meaning.
Hey Bhagu.....That Swastika sign was done by the priest....its considered as good luck and is a sacred sign in India...its no Vandalism or something else...
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