On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the Delhi metro?
- Published on: 12/24/2018
On 24 December 2002, Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the first stretch of the Metro between Shahdara and Tis Hazari on what is now called the Red Line. It measured a mere 8.4 km and was opened for public use the next day, Christmas day and Vajpayee’s birthday. It is said Vajpayee insisted on paying for his ride.
Now, 16 years later, with the fourth phase of the Metro being approved by Delhi’s AAP government as recently as Wednesday, the rapid transit system is set to be the third largest in the world.
After the completion of fourth phase, the Delhi Metro will reportedly cover approximately 453.58 km, leaving behind London (402 km), Guangzhou, China (391.8 km), New York (380.2 km) and Moscow (381 km) to claim the third position in the world with Shanghai (644 km) and Beijing (599.44 km) already occupying the first and second spots, respectively.
Its journey, however, from an idea to an example, traces its roots as far back as the 1970s, when the first plans for a mass rapid transit system were envisioned.
ThePrint's Shahbaz Ansar asks people what they thinks about the Delhi metro and how much would they rate it out of 10.
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