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Delhi Metro vs Rapid Metro: Residents of Delhi and Gurgaon draw comparisons

In a war of words, Delhiites and the residents of the Millennium City, state their opinions on which metro is better: Delhi Metro or Rapid Metro.

delhi Updated: Jul 12, 2017 13:25 IST
Naina Arora
Residents of Delhi and Gurgaon battle it out over why their metro is better than the other.
Residents of Delhi and Gurgaon battle it out over why their metro is better than the other.

Delhiites call Delhi Metro their lifeline and the denizens of Gurgaon have their own Rapid Metro now — both have enhanced the ease of commuting, especially during the peak traffic hours. We spoke to some of the residents of both the cities to find out the reasons why one metro is better than the other.

While some may find it unfair to compare more than a decade old Delhi Metro to its much-younger counterpart, Rapid Metro, the commuters swear by their preferred mode of transport and are unapologetically stating their opinions on which one works better for them.

Here is what they have to say:

DELHI METRO RULES!

Arka Sengupta says travelling by Delhi metro gives you an international experience at economical rates.

Arka Sengupta, a corporate professional says, “I prefer travelling by Delhi Metro as Rapid Metro is expensive. You can reach Rajiv Chowk to Dwarka in Rs 40 (21 stations). Whereas going from Sikanderpur to Phase 3 metro station (5 stations) is Rs 20. Delhi Metro has very high standards and service as it’s been functioning for more than a decade. They are very rare technical snags, so the travel time has shortened a lot. It takes 20 minutes for me to reach Sikanderpur metro station from Malviya Nagar. It feels like an international ride. The level of cleanliness is mind-blowing. Rapid Metro was only running in a circle across Cyberhub, now that the coverage is increasing, let’s us see how it fares.”

Women-only coaches

Aanchal Kaushik says she loves that the Delhi Metro has separate compartments for women.

Aanchal Kaushik, who is a corporate professional from Gurgaon, says, “The best part is that there are different coaches for women. I usually take the Delhi Metro to travel to longer routes such as CP and Noida. Delhi summer makes you fret, but with metro, I am travelling in AC coaches at such nominal rates that it’s very convenient. It takes me 45 minutes to travel from MG Road to Kashmere Gate for just Rs 40. The cleanliness is always on point at the stations.”

Platform doors

Resident of Noida Anubhuti Sharma, lauds the presence of platform door at various metro stations in Delhi.

“I take the Blue Line very regularly. Delhi Metro stands out because it’s less expensive. Delhi Metro is like people’s metro while Rapid Metro is the elite metro. Rapid Metro is still not seen as an alternative mode of transport as we still see horrifying jams in Gurgaon. Delhi Metro’s connectivity has expanded. It’s seen as a welcome option for the middle class as well as the upper middle class people. There are also platform doors at some stations in Delhi, which shows that the government is concerned about the safety of people — considering the cases of suicides,” says Anubhuti Sharma, a Noida resident.

NAH! GURGAON IS BETTER!

Disabled-friendly

Rahul Rawal, a corporate from Delhi says Rapid Metro says there is ample breathing space at Rapid metro. coaches.

Rahul Rawal, a corporate professional from the Capital, says, “I have travelled in Rapid Metro on a wheelchair and found it to be very accessible. Their ramps, elevators are accessible too. It gives you the freedom. In the coaches too; they have a designated space for a wheelchair besides the seat. The wheelchair is also locked, so that it doesn’t move in case there is a jerk. The metro officials are very helpful; they are there to assist you in the coaches as well. Delhi Metro is so crowded, that I can’t even think of boarding it.”

Less stressful: only peaceful

Kunal Sahay, a corporate professional from Gurgaon says travelling by Rapid metro doesn’t bog you down as compared to Delhi metro.

Kunal Sahay, a corporate professional from Gurgaon, says, “I use Rapid Metro from Sector 56 to my office in Cyber City. And it takes me 20 minutes to reach office. I am paying Rs 20 one way on this route. Before Rapid Metro, I used to travel by cabs and pay Rs 120 for one way ride, and be stuck in a traffic jam for an hour during peak hours. The Yellow and Blue Line of Delhi Metro are so crowded, that one would reach office tensed. But here, it’s a peaceful journey as there is ample breathing space in the Rapid Metro.”

Well-connected to different parts of Gurgaon

Dipti Malhotra, a photographer from Gurgaon, says Rapid Metro is well-connected to different parts of Gurgaon.

Dipti Malhotra, a photographer, from Gurgaon, says, “The best part is that Rapid Metro is very well connected to Delhi Metro. I usually board Rapid Metro from Sector 53-54 station, which is very close to my building. It’s clean and unlike Delhi Metro and it’s not very crowded. It’s well-connected to different parts of Gurgaon. I use the metro card and it’s barely an expense. And you get a clean environment too. Rapid Metro is not crowded at all so it’s fine that we don’t have separate coaches for women as opposed to Delhi Metro, which gets super-crowded. The great part is that its timings are aligned with the Delhi Metro — open to commuters from 6.05 am to 12.36 am. I am really excited to use their shuttle service too.”