After taking a ride in Airport Express Metro on Monday afternoon, senior army officer RK Sehgal of Dhaula Kuan was visibly excited.
After deboarding the train with his family at the Dhaula Kuan Metro station, Sehgal said he had never experienced such a wonderful Metro ride in his life anywhere in the world.
Dhaula Kuan and Aerocity Airport Express Metro stations became operational on Monday noon, six months behind schedule and registered footfall of about 1,000 till 6pm, said sources. The Dhaula Kuan station itself registered footfall of about 650 commuters.
"Opening of these two stations will further popularise the Metro service and increase its commuter base. Monday being a holiday, we recorded less footfalls," said a spokesperson of Reliance Infrastructure, the concessionaire company.
Many took joyrides in the Expressline metro. Ajay Kumar Pandey of Kanpur, who serves the Indian army and stays in Dhaula Kuan, took his entire family for a ride in the swanky Metro. "We are going for a trip to get the feel of the Metro," Pandey said.
"Dhaula Kuan despite being strategically located did not have any Metro station till now. The opening of the Airport Expressline station here will serve the need of the hour to some extent. Delhi Metro's proposed network extension will also be a boon for the people who live here," said a retired defence personal, who did not wish to be named.
The Dhaula Kuan station will cater to defence personnel, students, five-star hotel guests and inter-state bus passengers.
For Samanwita Sarkar, a student of Amity University and resident of Delhi Cantonment area, the high speed metro connectivity has brought an end to the perennial problem of commuting.
The concessionaire company, in a bid to popularise the station, had issued free ride tickets to defence personnel and freedom fighters on Monday.