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‘I woke up at 4 am to come and get the first token’

india Updated: Jun 22, 2010 00:43 IST
Sanjeev K. Ahuja

Monday was Metro Madness day.

Many people turned up at the Metro stations closest to their homes on the Delhi-Gurgaon line to buy the first token.

Many of them woke up as early as 4 am to be the first to reach the station and get the first token.

The first train, however, was to roll out only at 8 am.

Cherian Thomas, a lens man from Sushant Lok, woke up at 4 am and walked down to the HUDA City Centre station. Thomas said he had been waiting for this moment for the last six years.

A nature lover, he drives the eco-friendly electric car Reva to his office in Delhi.

“I was excited about the Metro making it first trip on Monday morning. I got up at 4 am and walked down to the Metro station. I knew the first train would start at 8 am. But I couldn’t wait and wanted to buy the first travel token on the counter at HUDA Metro station,” said Thomas.

The first Smart Card

Anil Marwah, a Metro enthusiast who has traveled on the London Tube and Japan Railways, was the first person to purchase Smart Card today at HUDA city Centre Metro station. He claims he was the first Smart Card buyer on December 2002 when the Metro was launched on the Shahadara line. Marwah also boasts of his Smart Card collection of 15.

Marwah lives in Vasant Kunj and works for a travel agency. He got up at 4.30 am on Monday just to reach the station early and buy the first Smart Card to add to his collection.

“I have been traveling around the world since 1977 and have used the London Tube and Japan Railways in Tokyo where Monthly Passes are used by the commuters. However, DMRC’s Smart Card is an excellent idea to suit the commuters in India as one can buy such cards for as low as Rs 100 also,” Marwah said.