Delhi Metro completes 20 years of operations, launches special exhibition

Since its inception in December 2002 with an 8.2 km corridor with six Red Line stations, the Delhi Metro has grown into a network of over 390 km by 2022, completing an eventful journey of 20 years of operation.

A special commemorative ceremony was held at Welcome metro station and was attended by Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Suzuki, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director Vikas Kumar, among others.

The envoy in his speech emphasized the diplomatic and cultural relations between the two countries and how the Delhi Metro exemplified this.

A special permanent exhibition marking 20 years of operation of the Delhi Metro was later opened by the Japanese envoy at the Welcome station.

Rare archival images and old news items were shown in the exhibition. It also showcases the collaboration between Delhi Metro and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other Japanese organizations that have contributed to Delhi Metro’s journey so far.

Saito Mitsunori, Chief Representative of JICA India Office was also present at the event and spoke at the conference.

DMRC currently has multiple corridors in the national capital and surrounding cities.

The Delhi Metro began its commercial operations on 25 December 2002, a day after Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the first section of the DMRC, the 8.2 km stretch from Shahdara to Tis Hazari, which had just six stations.

On the occasion of two decades of operations, Delhi Metro on Saturday conducted a special train which was flagged off by Vajpayee on December 24, 2002.

“It’s an exciting milestone for DMRC, and a special run of the six-coach train was made today between Kashmere Gate station and Welcome station on the Red Line,” said a senior official.

A day after the first corridor was inaugurated in 2002, there was such a rush that authorities had to issue paper tickets to manage the flow of passengers, officials had earlier told PTI.

The introduction of the state-of-the-art rapid transit system was a new mode of transportation in the city then, as many people believed that it was only temporary, so DMRC had to publish advertisements in newspapers to tell people about it. to stay here, they said.

DMRC trains cover an average of 400-600 km and 16-18 hours a day, officials said.

The current extent of DMRC network is nearly 392 km with 286 stations (including Noida Greater Noida Metro Corridor and Rapid Metro, Gurgaon).

Rare images and old newspaper clippings of the first piling work to build the Delhi Metro are among the archival documents that have gone on display as part of a permanent exhibition at the DMRC’s Kashmere Gate station last December.

The exhibition — ‘Tracing Delhi Metro’s Journey’– was launched at Kashmere Gate metro station to mark Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s 20th year of operations, officials said.

The Red Line itself has been extended from both sides, Rithala in Delhi and New Bus Stand (Shaheed Sthal) in Ghaziabad.

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