Delhi Metro Marks 21 Years Of Growth & Sustainable Transit, Serving Over 6M Commuters Daily

Uncover a story of innovation, connectivity, and sustainable urban transit that has reshaped the city's landscape.

by Mallika Khurana
Delhi Metro Marks 21 Years Of Growth & Sustainable Transit, Serving Over 6M Commuters Daily

In the heart of India’s bustling capital, nestled amidst the vibrant tapestry of history and modernity, a monumental journey unfolded two decades ago that reshaped the city’s landscape—the inception of the Delhi Metro. Emerging from visionary aspirations and fueled by an unwavering commitment to transform urban transit, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) set forth a trailblazing odyssey. Today, it stands as a testament to innovation, connectivity, and progressive strides.

Delhi Metro Has Completed 21 Glorious Years Today

In 2002, the esteemed Prime Minister, Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the genesis of what would become the lifeline of millions. Anuj Dayal, the Principal Executive Director of Corporate Communications at DMRC, penned it down in a Facebook post. He stated, “As we celebrate 21 years of the Delhi Metro, we commemorate not just a milestone in time but an enduring legacy of transforming the fabric of Delhi’s urban mobility.”

From Shahdara to Tis Hazari on the Red Line, spanning a mere 8.4 kilometres and six stations, the Delhi Metro has embarked on an evolution. Today, it stands tall, a sprawling network intertwined across the National Capital Region, encompassing 393 kilometres and boasting 288 stations.

The Delhi Metro has become the heartbeat of Delhi, serving as the arteries that pulse life through its bustling streets. Anuj Dayal encapsulates this sentiment: “Our odyssey has been one of transformative growth, from a modest commencement to becoming an emblem of progress, efficiency, and sustainable urban connectivity.”

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2023 Was Filled With Notable Achievements For DMRC

Among the notable milestones achieved in 2023, the DMRC elevated its Airport Express Line to an unprecedented speed of 120 kilometres per hour (KMPH), slashing travel times significantly. Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi inaugurated the Dwarka Sector 21–Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25 extension, connecting the Yashobhoomi Convention Centre to the Metro network.

The DMRC embarked on a mission to enhance the commuter experience, introducing revolutionary digital ticketing solutions. From National Common Mobility Cards to QR code-based ticketing on apps and WhatsApp-based ticketing, the DMRC streamlined ticket purchasing, promoting digital payments and ease of access for passengers.

Launching ‘Momentum 2.0,’ an all-encompassing platform, marked a pivotal moment. It offers integrated QR ticketing, e-shopping, digital lockers, utility payments, and last-mile connectivity options. It truly aims to redefine daily commuting experiences for millions in the NCR.

The DMRC’s commitment to sustainability was showcased through ‘CarbonLite Metro Travel’. They educated passengers about CO2 emissions saved during their metro journeys compared to road-based transport. Additionally, on September 4th, 2023, the Delhi Metro achieved a milestone by recording 71.03 lakh passenger journeys.

The Delhi Metro’s 21-year journey stands as a testament to relentless innovation and transformative growth.

Cover Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

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