Are Delhi’s famous people travelling in the city’s Metro train? With the train service extending to south Delhi and Gurgaon, we decided to find out if the Capital’s upper crust has finally taken in to the city’s mass transport system. After all, now there is no excuse of dangerous Blueline buses and pesky autowallas.
Advaita Kala, novelist
I started travelling in the Metro from this October, when I got my Smart Card for R500. I first travelled in the train about half and a year ago, when I took the Metro to Chandni Chowk. That was just for novelty. I have travelled in the metros of New York City and San Francisco, and though they have a more extensive network, Delhi’s Metro is superior in terms of cleanliness. It’s also very convenient. I live in Gurgaon and now I don’t have to waste two hours coming to Connaught Place. Did I say that the women-only coach is just perfect?
Ritu Dalmia, chef
On Sundays, I usually go to eat out in Old Delhi, and this is my route: I drive from my home in Chanakayapuri to Connaught Place. There, I park my car and take the Metro from Rajiv Chowk to Chandni Chowk. I just love the metro. It’s open, hassle-free, easy, modern and cool. I never thought that Delhi would get such a commuting service in my lifetime. Compared to it, the London tube is crappy and reminds you of the old Delhi airport. Every time I have friends visiting from outside Delhi, I take them for a ride in the Metro. You know, it is something to show off. Shibani Kashyap, singer I haven’t yet travelled in the Metro.
Never got the opportunity, you see. I live in Sector 15, Gurgaon, and when I have to come to Delhi, I run on a very hectic schedule. So, I have to depend on my car and my driver. Honestly speaking, I don’t think I can use the Metro daily. But yes, I want to travel in it for the fun of it. My best friend is visiting from the UK and we are, in fact, planning to spend a day travelling in the Metro.
Palash Sen, singer
No, I haven’t travelled in the Metro yet. I live in GK-II and the nearest station is in Kalkaji, so it doesn’t work out for me. Besides, I’m a public person and travelling in the public transport is a problem. I have my own car, naturally. Joey Matthews, model No, I haven’t travelled in the Metro yet. I’m so embarrassed. But I will go soon. I have friends who commute in it and they say it’s just cool. I want to go to Chandni Chowk in the Metro. They say that you get out of the station and find yourself in the middle of the chowk. Amazing.
Sam Miller, author
I am not a frequent Metro traveller, since I work from my residence in Panchsheel Park. But recently, I wrote about it for the BBC. I think Delhi Metro is the most modern metro system in the world. It’s very impressive.
Shovana Narayan, dancer
I have yet to step into the Metro. But I’m planning to travel in it very soon. After all, I live in Pandara Road and the newly-opened Humayun Road stop is close-by.