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The Delhi Metro is a rapid transit system serving Delhi and its satellite cities of the National Capital Region of India, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Bahadurgarh, and Ballabgarh by DMRC. It is by far the largest and busiest metro in India and the second oldest after Kolkata Metro.

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The DMRC network consists of eleven color-coded regular lines serving 285 stations with a total length of 389 kilometers (242 mi). The system has a mix of underground, AT-grade, and elevated stations using both broad-gauge and standard-gauge. The Metro operates more than 2,700 trips per day, which starts at around 05:00 and ends at 23:30.


Construction began in 1998, and the first elevated section on the Red Line (Shahdara to Tis Hazari) opened in 2002. The first underground section (Vishwa Vidyalaya – Kashmiri Gate) opened in 2004 on Yellow Line. The development of the network was divided into phases. Phase I with Phase 3 was completed by 2006, and Phase II was completed in 2011.

As of March 2020, Phase III is in the finishing phase and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. Construction on Phase IV was formally started on 30 December 2019. In 2010, DMRC completed 10 years of operation, which was a major milestone to achieve.

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the DMRC introduced 8 coach trains for the first time. The book “Commemorative Souvenir” titled “Delhi Metro: A Decade of Dedication, 10 Years of Metro Operations” was also launched. A distinctive ‘METRO SONG-Zindagi hai Delhi metro‘ composed by music director Vaibhav Saxena. It was released at metro stations and FM stations.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) is a company with equal equity participation of the GOI and Government of Delhi, which has made and operated the Delhi Metro. The DMRC was certified by the United Nations in 2011 as the first metro rail and rail-based system in the world to receive carbon credits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reducing carbon emission levels in the city by 630,000 tonnes every year.

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The DMRC was planned to be built in about 20 years, as each phase had a target of five years and the end of one phase was the beginning of the second phase. Phase I (65 km or 40 mi), Phase II (125 km or 78 mi) were completed in 2006 and 2011 respectively.

Phase 3 lines are expected to be completed by mid-2019, a 3-year delay from the originally planned timeline of 2016. Currently, it is expected to add another 103 kilometers (64 mi) to the Phase 4 plan approved by the Delhi government. The construction work started on December 30, 2019, with an expected date of 2026.

It is over 450 kilometers (280 mi) of the total length of the DMRC at the end of Phase 4, which excludes other independently operated systems in the National Capital Region such as the 29.7 km (18.5 mi) long aqua. The line is Noida-Greater Noida Metro and Rapid Metro, 11.7 kilometers (7.3 mi) of Gurgaon, which connects to Delhi Metro.

Phase 4, with 6 new routes totaling 103.95 kilometers (64.59 mi) and at least 450 billion (510 billion, equivalent to the US $ 7.1 billion or € 6.6 billion in 2019), was approved in December 2018. Delhi Metro is the fourth-longest metro system in terms of route length after Beijing Metro, Shanghai Metro, and Guangzhou Metro.

Delhi Metro Train Running Timings:

Depending on-peak and off-peak hours, trains run between 05:00 AM to 12:00 AM Midnight. Trains running within the network typically travel at a speed of 75 km / h and stop at each station for about 20 seconds.

Automatic station announcements are recorded in Hindi and English. Many stations have services such as ATMs, food outlets, cafes, convenience stores, and mobile recharges. Eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing is prohibited throughout the system.

The metro also has a sophisticated fire alarm system for advanced warning in emergency situations, and fire-retardant materials are used on the premises of trains as well as stations. Navigation information is available on Google Maps. Since October 2010, the first coach of every train is reserved for women. However, final coaches are also reserved when trains change tracks at terminal stations in red, green, and purple lines.

To make traveling by Metro a great experience, Delhi Metro has launched its own official mobile app Delhi Metro Rail, (iPhone and Android) for smartphone users, which locates the nearest metro station.

It Will provide information on various facilities like location, availability of parking near, fare, metro stations, security and emergency helpline numbers, tourist destination.