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An ode to the Metro

The female voice of the Delhi Metro — Rini Simon Khanna — takes her first metro ride. Says the city’s new icon is special

india Updated: Sep 11, 2011 00:51 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

It was a mixed bag of experiences when the female voice of the Delhi Metro, Rini Simon Khanna, travelled by the train for the first time. Anchor, script writer and actor, Khanna is the one who directs lakhs of passengers to the various Metro destinations every morning. But why didn’t she travel by the Metro before? “I usually avoid public transport. I love to drive my way around. But today, on the persuasion of a friend, I travelled by the Metro with him,” she says.

Her first Metro ride brought along a lot of surprises for her. “I am so used to hearing my voice on TV. But when I heard myself on a public transport for the first time, it took me by surprise. I then understood the importance of these announcements for the commuters,” says Khanna, who boarded the Metro from Saket to Rajiv Chowk Metro station.

She travelled by the general coach and said the journey was quite comfortable. But she was amused by the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ between the women’s coach and the general coach. “The other side was so serene and orderly, whereas, this side was a little chaotic,” she says.

However, her first journey was a little disappointing as well. “I was always told that Metro stations are clean and well kept. Though the platforms were clean, I was very disappointed to see the shoddy state of the Metro station. I wish it was cleaner,” she says.

My first ride...
I still remember my first Metro ride to Connaught Place with 10 friends. The Metro got stuck for 15 minutes at Kashmere Gate station. But the ride back to our place was great
Ruchi Jha, 25, freelance writer

I travelled with my friends to India Gate. The ride was a different experience. We reached on time and did not have to wait for long. The travel experience was comfortable and different
Adil Usman, 23, Business Analyst

The first time that I travelled by the Metro was with my cousins. It was just to see what it felt like travelling by the Metro. It was surely a fun experience. There was a lot of excitement attached
Radhika Abrol, 19, Delhi University student

We decided to go to Vishwa Vidyalaya, especially to Kamla Nagar. We were a little lost as to where to change the Metro, but at the end, it was just awesome and a great journey
Anjali Verma, 24, IT professional

Many firsts for the DMRC
* The first movie to be shot in the Delhi Metro was Bewafaa, starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. It was shot in the year 2003
* The 8.5 kms section between Shahdara and Tis Hazari was the first Delhi Metro section to become operational. It was inaugurated on 24th December 2002
* Delhi Metro opened the first modern metro museum of South Asia.
* The Delhi Metro is the first railway project in the world to be registered for carbon credits by the United Nations.
* The Metro trains carried 2,066,925 passengers on 13th August, surpassing the previous record of 1,830,944 passengers in a single day

Filmy Dilli ki filmy Metro!
* Bewafaa (2003): This was the first film to be shot on the Metro. The film stars Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Kumar
* Black And White (2006): This Subhash Ghai film starred Anil Kapoor, Anurag Sinha among others
* Delhi 6 (2009): This movie, based in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi, saw the lead actor Sonam Kapoor boarding the Metro from the Rajiv Chowk Metro station.
* Dev D (2009): This Anurag Kashyap film saw lead actor Abhay Deol travel by the train.
* Love Aaj Kal (2009): Starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, this film had both the actors board the Metro
during a song sequence.
* Paa (2009): The movie saw actor Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan travel by the Metro

* The first coach of every train is reserved for women. Delhi Metro is the second contemporary rapid transit system in the world to do so after the Dubai Metro.
* The escalators at all the metro stations have a unique sari guard feature that deflects loose clothing (e.g. saris of ladies) from getting trapped in the escalator.
* Most of the Metro stations on the Blue Line conduct rainwater harvesting as an environmental protection measure.

In the story, Dhuan Drama at D-School published on page 12 of the edition dated September 9, a photograph of Ankita Chandranath of Miranda House College was published for representational purposes without her permission. We apologise for the same.

First Published: Sep 10, 2011 17:23 IST