With an estimated population of 19.5 million, as of 2020, the traffic situation in Delhi can be a nightmare. The metro is an effective solution to this problem and almost 1.5 million people prefer this mode of transport each day.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) ranked 1st in terms of Information During Travel and 2nd in Cleanliness and Comfort in an international survey by the RTSC. Here’s a simple guide to the metro network and why it is the safest way to get around the NCR.
The Metro Lines
There are 12 operational lines of the Delhi metro, each with its distinct color. These run through Delhi and the satellite cities of Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Noida. The total number of stations stands at 285, as of 2020. While the metro railways project’s first three phases are successfully completed, phase four has been planned for 2020. The Airport Expressway is the cheapest way to reach your hotel, after deboarding your Chennai to Delhi flight.
How to Travel
The minimum and maximum fare is priced at ₹10 and ₹50, respectively. However, if you have a Smart Card, you get to travel at a 10% discounted rate. The minimum recharge amount of the card is ₹200. There are designated ticket counters and Customer Care counters to help you get the ticket. You can also take it from the Token Vending Machines by entering your destination, after your flight between Chennai to Delhi lands. While entering the metro, you will have to get yourself and your bags checked by the security. Make sure not to carry explosives, drugs or sharp weapons.
Designated Women’s Compartment
To ensure convenience, comfort and safety for women, the first carriage of every train is reserved for females. Children up to the age of 12 and physically challenged men are allowed to travel in this compartment, with their female relatives or friends. If you are a solo woman traveler, you can board the metro safely after getting off your Chennai to Delhi flight.
Do’s and Don’ts of the Delhi Metro
There are certain regulations to follow, so that you ensure safe travel for yourself and fellow passengers:
- Make sure not to travel in case you are extremely drunk.
- Contact only the metro personnel in case you require any kind of assistance.
- Keep the metro premises clean by making proper use of dustbins.
- Don’t overtake other travelers in the queue.
- Do not push people while getting inside the train.
- Do not step down on the metro tracks for fun or otherwise.
- Avoid trying to travel without the metro card or ticket.
- Do not click photos, listen to loud music or sit on the train’s floor.
Adhering to these basic rules will make sure you have a great travel experience. For the latest information and updates, download the DMRC app on your phone. Also, don’t forget to take the metro back to the airport to catch your flights from Delhi to Chennai on time.