Starting with just six stations across 8.5km in the city in 2002, to 135 stations across 183km in the entire National Capital Region marked the journey of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as it completed the 100th month of its operations on Sunday.
From December 24, 2002, when the first train ran between Shahdara to Tees Hazari, there has been a considerable rise in the average daily ridership figures — from 82, 179 to 14,16,420 in March 2011.
“The rise in ridership can mainly be attributed to a number of different corridors opened over the years since 2002,” said a press release from the DMRC.
Till August 2010, the Delhi Metro has carried over 1.25 billion commuters since its inception — a figure more than the projected total population of India (1.20 billion) in 2011.
A total of 160 trains make about 2,400 trips every day traversing about 70,000km and carrying more than 15 lakh passengers on working days.
“With Phase-3 of the network expected to cover about 108km, the Delhi Metro network will increase to 295km by 2015, making it one of the fastest expanding Metro networks in the world,” the release claimed.
Running across six lines, the Delhi Metro operates in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida and would soon be touching Ghaziabad.