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Metro's safe, clean, green effect

Apart from giving you a comfortable, hassle-free ride, the Delhi Metro also does its bit to save the environment from harmful gases and reducing road accidents to a large extent. Subhendu Ray reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 29, 2011 23:53 IST
Subhendu Ray

Apart from giving you a comfortable, hassle-free ride, the Delhi Metro also does its bit to save the environment from harmful gases and reducing road accidents to a large extent.

If there were no metro in the capital today, the city's road congestion would have increased with nearly 1.60 lakh vehicles daily burning tyres on roads. About 35 lakh vehicles run on city roads presently.

The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) has come out with the findings of a study on 'Quantification of Benefits of Delhi Metro' conducted in 2009. The survey projected certain benefits that Delhi would derive from the metro services after the completion of phase 2 in 2011.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is all set to start the expansion of metro network under the proposed phase 3, claims that the expansion of network by 108 km under the proposed phase by 2016 would benefit the city to a higher tune.

"The CRRI findings are a reflection of the immense benefit that Delhi metro has been able to provide to the city," said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of DMRC.

According to the study, Delhi Metro has helped remove about 1.60 lakh vehicles daily from the Delhi roads and played a pivotal role in preventing more than two lakh tonnes of emissions of harmful gases including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide among others.

Delhi Metro's 189 km network, with an average daily footfall of 16 lakh commuters, will also be instrumental in preventing 660 accidents including 132 fatal accidents in Delhi by the end of this year, according to the study.

The data was compiled from the information collected through various fresh field surveys, such as traffic volume count and Occupancy Survey (TVC&O), fuel station survey (FSS), metro commuter survey (MCS), and speed and delay survey (SDS), said sources.

For TVC&O, nine locations across the city were chosen. For FSS, 3,064 drivers were interviewed. In MCS, more than 10,000 commuters were spoken to. Similar data collected in 2007 was compared to the data collected in 2009, sources added.