New Delhi: Making its debut on a small
eight-km stretch on this day in 2002, Delhi Metro has had a
stupendous journey in the last nine years with its network
spreading far and wide across the National Capital Region
giving the people an affordable mode of transport.
Delhi Metro on Saturday completed nine years of operations in
the national capital and now it has a network of nearly 200
km, including the high-speed Airport Express Corridor.
After its launch in 2002, Delhi Metro slowly added
several corridors to its network over the years thus bringing
satellite cities of Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad closer to the
The first ever Metro service was started on December 24,
2002 between Shahdara and Tis Hazari and the ridership has
increased leaps and bounds over the nine years to reach 20
lakh passengers a day.
The year gone-by was one of transition for the Delhi
Metro as it slowly moved towards launching of work of the
ambitious Phase-III project, which will add another 117 km to
the Metro map, after the successful completion of the second
In 2011, the Delhi Metro DMRC added another 34.52
kilometres of Metro lines to its network taking the total
length of the Delhi Metro system to over 190 kilometres.
In the month of February, the Airport Express Link was
also opened for commuter operations. On February 23rd, the
services were started for the commuters.
With the opening of this 23.7 kilometres long historic
corridor, Delhi joined the elite list of global cities such as
Shanghai, Tokyo, London etc which have direct Metro
connectivity between the airport and the city centre.
Another major achievement was the extension of the Metro
services up to Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
During the year, the DMRC was also involved in
planning the next phase of Metro construction across the
National Capital Region.