Active Metro Rail Networks
Metro Rails Under Different Stages
There are 15 Operational Rapid Transit (also known as "Metro") systems in 12 cities. For example, the Delhi Metro itself is connected to some other nearby cities in the National Capital Region.
Besides, as many as 13 other cities in India have over 500 km of metro lines under different stages of implementation. These include:
Indian Metro system
The metro system in India is a rapidly growing mode of urban transportation that provides efficient and convenient travel options in major cities. The metro networks are designed to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce pollution, and enhance connectivity.
Urban rail transit encompasses various systems, including Rapid transit, Suburban rail, Monorail, and Trams. As of 2021, metro systems in fifteen major Indian cities collectively transported a staggering 2.63 billion passengers annually, solidifying the country as one of the busiest urban rapid transit hubs in the world in terms of ridership. With a combined length of 859 kilometers (534 miles), India's metro systems rank as the fourth longest operational networks globally.
History of Indian Metro system
The inception of India's urban rail transit system can be traced back to the establishment of the first-ever commuter rail, also known as suburban rail, in Mumbai on 16 April 1853. This significant milestone marked the commencement of passenger train services in the country. The inaugural journey commenced from Bori Bunder, now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, and reached Thane, covering a distance of 34 kilometers in just one hour and fifteen minutes. This pioneering achievement earned the distinction of being Asia's first suburban railway.
During the early 20th century, Tram systems emerged as a vital mode of transportation in India's four major cities: Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai. These Tram networks played a crucial role in fulfilling the intracity travel requirements of the local population. The advent of Trams began with the introduction of horse-drawn trams in Kolkata in 1873. Subsequently, Electric Trams made their debut in Chennai in 1895, followed by the cities of Mumbai, Kanpur, and Delhi.
However, between the years 1933 and 1964, Tram services were gradually discontinued in all Indian cities except Kolkata, where they continue to operate on the streets to this day, serving as a cherished heritage. At present, there are six Kolkata tram routes that are active. This is one of the initial routes laid in 1883 and is still operational.
Operational Metro system in India 2023
Currently, India boasts 16 functioning rapid transit systems in 15 cities across India. The Delhi Metro stands as the most extensive network among them. As of March 2023, India's operational metro lines cover a substantial distance of 859 kilometres (534 miles), contributing to the country's fourth-longest metro network globally. Only China, the USA, and South Korea possess longer metro networks. Additionally, an additional 568.15 kilometres of metro lines are presently under construction in India.
FAQs About Indian Metro Rails:
Q: What city has the oldest metro service?
A: The Kolkata has oldest metro rail service in India.
Q: Which metro serves the longest metro line in India?
A: Delhi Metro is the second oldest metro after Kolkata Metro. It was completed in the year 2002 and is spread over 231 kilometres. It is the largest operational metro in India and has 173 stations.
Q: What is the fare of metro to use for travel?
A: Fare or ticket price of metro travel depends on the distnace between stations, during various time frames.
Q: Is there any concessional fare in metro?
A: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation or DMRC offers 10% discount during peak-hours, and 20% discount for off-peak hours - between 6 am to 8 am, 12 pm to 5 pm and 9 pm onwards for those carrying a smart card.
Q: What is maximum and minimum fare in delhi metro?
A: DMRC has maximum Rs.60 and min Rs.10 fare to travel in metro.
Q: Does DMRC offers any special discount for students or senior citizens.
A: No, there are no additional or special discount for them. Fares rules are same for all.
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