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Metro a big hit in Delhi

In a city where private buses are more feared than treasured, metro rail has evolved as one of the most reliable public transport systems, reports Atul Mathur.

delhi Updated: Jun 29, 2008 23:38 IST
Atul Mathur

In a city where DTC buses have lost their reliability, private buses are more feared than treasured, autos are for executives and taxis for tourists, metro rail has evolved as one of the most reliable public transport systems.

People have actually started leaving their private vehicles — four-wheelers and two-wheelers — behind, either at home or at the metro parking lot, and boarding the metro to their workplace.

Sample this: Twenty-two per cent of over seven lakh metro passengers used to drive cars before shifting to the metro. Twenty-five per cent of the daily metro users rode their two-wheelers to their workplaces or colleges. The percentage of people who moved from buses to metro is almost 44. Thirty per cent of the metro travellers are women.

That means the metro travellers find metro rail as one of the safest, secure, economical and quickest modes of transport in Delhi. Experts added that the fact that so many people have shifted to using the metro proved that people are actually tired of driving on the congested roads of Delhi and, if given a chance, they are willing to shift to a good public transport system, which saves time and is comfortable.

A recent survey report submitted to Delhi’s transport department by RITES on ‘Transport Demand Forecast Study and Development of an Integrated Road cum Multi-Modal Public Transport Network for NCT of Delhi’ revealed this. The survey was conducted on 50,000 people at 55 metro stations across the city.

According to the survey report, 39 per cent passengers use metro because its saves time, 34 per cent prefer metro because of travelling comfort and 18 per cent travel by metro because it is an economical mode of transport in comparison to auto-rickshaws and their private vehicles.

This is when only three metro corridors are operational. Experts said metro ridership is bound to increase with more sections become operational in the next couple of years.

However, due to lack of integrated transport system, metro is still the choice of people who live up to two-kilometre radius of metro stations. The survey said 96 per cent people take a maximum of 15 minutes to reach the metro station closest to their home or place of work. Sixty four per cent passengers walk down to their destinations.

Less than five per cent people use metro feeder service or other buses to reach metro stations. It indicates, said the survey, lack of adequate and convenient metro feeder service in the city.