Metro projects can ease congestion. But lack of integrated planning is undoing the benefits of this mass transport system. Nidhi Jamwal and Ankur Paliwal report
Carriage of convenience
Delhi Metro’s popularity has increased since it started running the first stretch between Shahdara and Tis Hazari in December 2002.
From 20,000 commuters a day to the one million daily commuters now.
And the number is set to double by the end of the year, said Anuj Dayal, chief public relations officer of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (dmrc), which is constructing and operating the capital’s Metro.
|The Metro is more convenient. My joint pains have eased because I don’t have to sit in a car for three-and-a-half hours. I reach my workplace in 45 minutes.|
|- SANTOSH YADAV|
A large number of daily commuters are leaving personal vehicles home to ride the Metro. The Central Road Research Institute (crri), a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research laboratory, recorded this switch from private vehicles to the mass transport system following two surveys—the first in 2007 and then 2009.
Researchers interviewed over 12,000 Metro commuters between the Shahdara and Tis Hazari corridor. Of all the two-wheeler owners interviewed in 2007, a third were found to be Metro users. In 2009, when the survey was repeated, the figure had doubled to two-thirds two-wheeler owners. This study found a similar switch among car owners. If the 2007 survey recorded half the car owners interviewed were using the Metro, by 2009 two-thirds of the car owners were daily commuters.
|Earlier, we spent Rs 7,500 a month on petrol and Rs 5,000 a month on the driver’s salary. Now my mother and I together spend Rs 3,000 on fares and Rs 400 on parking.|
|- MISHA YADAV|
|I live in Dwarka and my workplace is Tis Hazari court in Old Delhi. Earlier, I rode a bike and spent one hour on the road. Now I reach the court in 20 minutes.|
|- DEEPAK SHARMA|
|People hardly came to my shop earlier because of congestion in the area and lack of parking. Now they get off at Chawri Bazar station and walk to my shop.|
|- YOGESH SHARMA|
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