Vajpayee Inaugurates Delhiites’ Ride Into The Future In Dream Metro

Dec 25 2002, 00:00 IST
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The Capital has taken a stride into the future with the inauguration of the state-of-the-art Delhi Metro by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee amid much fanfare.

The Prime Minister, deputy prime minister LK Advani, urban development minister Ananth Kumar, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Lt governor Vijai Kapoor, minister of state for urban development O Rajgopal, along with a host of VIPs, travelled in the first Metro train on the 8.3-km long Shahdara-Tis Hazari section.

ISO Certification

After the New York Metro, the Delhi Metro has become the second in the world to be awarded the ISO 14001 certification for environment-friendly construction and operations. UNI

Delhi has now become the second city after Kolkata to have a metro system. The Delhi Metro is much more advanced than its Kolkata counterpart and would be completed in four phases to cover 240-km by 2020, of which 62.5 km would be completed in the first phase by 2005.

Delhiites, who dread travelling on city roads, choked due to high vehicle density, would heave a sigh of relief with the commercial operation of the mass rapid transport system , starting from tomorrow, which would change the face of the city..

It would give people a safe, fast and pollution-free travel in the convenience of air-conditioned coaches.

The historic event, that

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