A look at the major changes in the Capital over the decade
As this decade ends tonight, we look at a10 events in these years that gave a new definition to the Delhi-experience.
1 Getting stuck in the doors: 10 years ago, you didn’t dread of getting stuck in the Metro doors. Neither could you think of travelling without getting stuck in the dreaded traffic jams. December 24, 2002 saw the Metro Red line connect Dilshad Garden to Rithala.
2 Freeway freedom: DND (Delhi Noida Direct) Flyway ensured that you reached South Delhi in 10 minutes from Noida. Opened to the public on February 7, 2001, it also allowed drivers to step on the accelerator instead of break during peak hours.
3 Shop as you fly: The Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3, swanky and plush, has joined the ranks of some of the biggest airports in the world. Opened this year to the public, this one is a shopper’s paradise too.
4 Old gets a new name: Old Delhi got a new name — Delhi 6 — after the popularity of the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra-film of the same name.
5 Missed call culture: It was in 2003, that incoming calls on cell phones became free. And thus came the concept of missed calls. Also, this year, the SMS (Short Messaging Service) became more popular than calls.
6 Architectural wonder: On the lines the one in Gujarat, the Swaminarayan Akshardham was officially opened on November 6, 2005. This beautiful temple complex attracts more than 70% of visitors coming to Delhi.
7 India Art Summit: Delhi got arty in a big way when the modern and contemporary art fair was launched in the year 2008. This sees participation by some of the biggest galleries of the world, giving Delhiites an exposure to the best of the international art world.
8 Mall Culture: This was the decade that brought in the mall culture in the city. Big luxury malls such as Select City Walk and DLF Emporio bought in international brands in the city.
9 More than Mughlai: Gone are days when South Indian and Mughlai were the two cuisines people new about in Delhi. Japanese cuisine became popular and Sushi became the new butter chicken.
10 Steel beauty: Some hate it, some love it and some are indifferent. The steal sprouts at the AIIMS flyover crossing at least has given us a peek into the future of public art instalattion in Delhi.