Transport in Delhi
Delhi, a city having more than 5000000 registered vehicles. It hatched a major problem in the city “Traffic Jam” all the times. To take out city from this dilemma Delhi Transport Corporation has shaped up transport facility.
Sightseer can enjoy the ride of Yellow-Green Auto rickshaw, Air conditioned buses, Super fast metro trains, 24 x 17 Call Cabs and Delhi Metro service while wandering in the city. In the era of concept cars some areas of Delhi are still best and only accessed by the old ‘Tawngas’ and ‘Pedel Cycle rickshaws’.
Auto rickshaw and D.T.C buses run on Compressed Natural Gas or C.N.G was one of the safety measures taken by Delhi Transport Corporation to fight with another major problem of increasing pollution. Before the facility of metro train introduced in the city the Delhi Transport Corporation Buses were used as a medium of transport by more than 50% of the total population.
To get connected with other neighboring states city has a total of six Expressways out of which three have not yet completely constructed. Delhi – Gurgaon – Delhi Expressway and DND expressway are most used among these. Also a total of five National Highways connecting the city with its neighboring states which are
NH-1 (It connects Delhi with the town of Punjab near the India–Pakistan border named “Attarii”),
NH-2(It connects Delhi with the states of Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal) ,
NH-8 (The busiest highway in the subcontinent, as it acts as a link between the national capital and the financial capital Mumbai as well as with other major cities like Gurgaon, Jaipur, Udaipur, Vadodra, Ajmer and Ahemdabad) ,
NH-10 (It takes Delhi to the Fazlika in Punjab situated near the Indian-Pakistan Border) and
NH-24 (runs in the state of Uttar Pradesh)
Travelling by Train
Indian railways is one of the world’s largest railway networks which covers 115,000 km approximately. Delhi is a major junction in the Indian railway network which carries millions of passengers every day. The main stations in delhi are
- New Delhi
- Old Delhi
- Hazrat Nizamuddin
- Sarai Rohilla
- Anand Vihar
New Delhi Railway Station is located in the heart of the city, hardly 2 km from Connaught Place. While the Old Delhi Railway station or known as Delhi Main Station is in the old city, close to the boundaries of the famous red fort. Apart from the name and location, both the stations are extremely crowded. On the other hand Hazrat Nizamuddin Station, Sarai Rohilla and Anand vihar are less crowded as they have limited train connections.
Trains are extremely crowded and one should reserve a seat to travel smoothly. Passenger will be punished if he does not have ticket. Indian railway is blessed with several computerized reservation centers. “INDRAIL” Pass facility is also there just to remove the problem of standing in queue’s to buy the tickets. The passes are valid for 7 to 90 days.
Travelling by Road
The cheapest and popular means of transport other then metro is bus. In May 1948 the local bus services of Delhi was taken over by Ministry of Transport in the name of Delhi Transport Service. Delhi transport corporation(D.T.C) has introduced low-floor buses which are both AC and non AC. Three major bus stands in Delhi are
- ISBT- Inter State Bus Terminus
- Anand Vihar
- Sarai Kale Khan
The main bus station is the Inter-State Bus Terminus (I.S.B.T) at cashmere gate. You can reach there by metro also. It has all the basic facilities including ATM machines, Phone booths, Food stalls, pharmacy and a post office. One can easily hire an auto rickshaw and taxi at genuine rates from ore-paid service counter outside the main gate.
“Ho-ho” bus service have also been introduced by Delhi Tourism for visitors who do not have so much time to spent and wish to feel the aura of the city in a single day. A HOHO bus tour is a fun way to explore Delhi. ho-ho buses is the short form of Hop on- Hop off buses.
Delhi has a hi-technology, well-planned and extensive network that connects all corners of Delhi which making life easier for people to reach smoothly in and around the city. The minimum frequency of trains is 3 minutes, whereas it will go up to 12 minutes. DMRC is the world’s 12th largest metro system in terms of length and network is still growing. The Airport Metro Express, by which one can reach to the railway station in the heart of the city from the airport, in just 17 minutes. The charges for the metro services range between 8 Rs (minimum) and 30 Rs (maximum). Delhi Metro provides easy and convenient journey for visitors between 6.00 am and 11.00 pm daily. D.M.R.C also provides other facilities for passengers like feeder bus service and bicycle on rent. Metro feeder buses are equipped with C.N.G engine and are environment friendly. The Delhi Metro has special provisions for the physically challenged.
Travelling by Air
Delhi houses two airports. Indira Gandhi International Airport, is 20 km away towards city and one can reach by airport metro. Second is The Internal Terminal Airport which is located near Palam city. IGAI is the busiest South Asian airport, the traffic in the year 2006-2007 was 20.44 million. I.G.I operates two terminals: terminal 1 is for domestic flights on the other hand terminal 2 is for the international travel. The Terminal 3 building welcomes 34 million passengers annually. It is the world’s 8th largest passenger terminal. There are 93 automated walkways, 168 check-in counters, a huge retail area where one can dine and shop, and a parking which has a capacity of more than 4 thousand cars.
All of these above means of transport contribute equally to make a well connected city with the rest of India.