Jaipur on Wednesday became the fifth city in the country to have metro service when chief minister Vasundhara Raje flagged off the first train before she boarded it for a ride from Mansarover to Chandpole station.
Her ministers, officers and party workers also hopped on to the train before the coaches were choc-a-block with them. On the ride back from Chandpole, Raje got off at Civil Lines metro station.
The commercial run began at 2pm after the 9.63km phase 1A was dedicated to public at a ceremony at the Mansarover metro station.
Speaking to the media at Civil Lines metro station, Raje promised to complete the 2.44km phase 1B – from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar – as soon as possible.
“Today is a good day. It is a historic day for us, and all should celebrate. We have dedicated the metro to the public. Now, we will make efforts to complete the work of phase 1B as soon as possible, as Rajasthan is the only state where the full expenditure of the metro project is being borne by the government. Economy of the project will only be viable when there are long distances… as today the more it takes time we have to subsidise which is a burden on the state government. So we want that the further route is connected and government do not have to provide subsidy,” she said.
Jaipur Metro commenced its commercial operations from all 9 stations — Mansarover, New Aatish Market, Vivek Vihar, Shyam Nagar, Ram Nagar, Civil Lines, Railway Station, Sindhi Camp and Chandpole.
Raje, before flagging off the metro, visited Mansarover station and depot where the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) chairman-cum-managing director NC Goel briefed her about the functioning and operations.
Enthusiasm among people was palpable as they could be seen queuing outside the stations to have their first ride while the inauguration ceremony was underway at Mansarover station. However, they were disappointed when they were told that it would open for the public in later in the day only. Those who could see the train from their homes or top of some buildings waved and greeted the Metro as it passed by.
As per the time table issued by JMRC for the first three months, trains will operate from Mansarovar to Chandpole and from Chandpole to Mansarovar at a frequency of 10 to 15 minutes from 6:45am to 9:00pm every day.
Raje Not Happy with Metro Infrastructure
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje once again expressed her unhappiness with metro (infrastructure) on Wednesday.
“Jaipur is a historic and tourist city. Our effort was that metro structures be constructed in such a manner that they enhance the city’s beauty. Unfortunately, it did not happen. Now, how to correct it so that in coming time it blends with the city will be our effort,” said Raje while addressing newspersons after the inauguration of Jaipur Metro. “We want to complete rest of the phases soon, along with (phase) 1B from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar,” she added.
Earlier, she had called the project a “waste of public money” when she was in opposition in Rajasthan.