What are some lesser known/interesting facts about Delhi Metro?

Answer by Ankush Singhal:

1. No dustbins
The DMRC stations and platforms look spick and span despite the fact that there are no dustbins anywhere (apart from the restaurants).

EDIT:- I found this dustbin near entry point of Rajiv Chowk metro station, and the dustbin surrounded by vending machines though.

2. Neutral Zones
You call them power cuts, DMRC calls them power shifts! The momentary power lapses where lights and AC go off at certain stations are actually 'power shifts'. These designated sub-stations a.k.a. neutral zones supply power to the metro since it can not get the required 25000 volts from a single station.

3. Even number of coaches
Ever seen a metro with 5 or 7 coaches? No chance of that happening. This is because DMRC rails have 2 types of coaches, namely the 'driver car' and the 'motor car'. They serve as one unit and cannot be used separately. Hence, Delhi metros have either 6 or 8 coaches. Always!
Although, some old metro rails still have 4 coaches.

4. Journey ke saath bhi Journey ke baad bhi
DMRC takes care of your journey even after you deboard the train. A lot of metro stations provide bicycles on rent for as meagre as Rs 10 for 4 hours. Just don't forget to carry a valid ID proof!

5. DMRC Smart Card
Largely unknown, DMRC and ICICI bank got together to launch a DMRC debit card which has an auto recharge facility and gives 10 % discount on metro fare and shops at metro stations. Oh, did we mention cash back offers and reward points? Happy travelling!

6. Sari Guard feature of escalators
Delhi metro commuters are always in a hurry and DMRC realises that. Apart from the emergency stop button, the DMRC escalators also have a sari guard feature that deflects  loose clothing from getting trapped.

7. Assistance for visually impaired
Apart from scrubbing your shoes clean on them, these broad yellow strips running on the Delhi Metro platforms serve a better purpose. These yellow tactile strips are the pathways for the visually impaired commuters, leading them directly to the lifts and to the exits.

8. Wheelchair friendly
All stations have ramps built right at the entrance to help wheelchair-bound people to roll themselves around the station. This again shows how methodologically the Delhi Metro stations have been built.

9. Distance covered by Delhi Metro
The Delhi Metro network consists of a total of 200 trains covering a total distance of 69,000 kms every day. To put things into perspective, the earth's total circumference is 40,075 kms!

10. Punctuality
In our own rush of reaching our destination, we hardly notice that Delhi Metro is one of the very few punctual things that have happened  to Delhi, or India perhaps!

source- ScoopWhoop

EDIT 1- I don't know it's a fact or rumour but I find it very interesting that the Bicycle rental facility will also provide Rs.1 lakh insurance to each rider and a wi-fi facility.

EDIT 2- Being a Delhiite, I really want to thank to the people who were/are behind this Project.
Especially E. Sreedharan, The Metro Man

He was made the managing director of Delhi Metro Rail corporation (DMRC) and by mid-1997,
All the scheduled sections were completed by their target date or before, and within their respective budgets.
His stint in the Delhi Metro has been considered so successful and crucial to India and named one of Asia's Heroes by TIME magazine in 2003, in 2005, he was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion by the government of France, and the Padma Vibhushan by the government of India in 2008.
There were also demands by prominent political figures that Sreedharan be awarded the Bharat Ratna, the most prestigious civilian award in India.

He was particularly known for isolating his projects from political pressures and influences and winning political commitments for fast execution of projects.

After his retirement from DMRC, Sreedharan has been appointed as Principal Advisor of the Kochi Metro Rail Project. Initially, the project faced hurdles when a controversy broke out with the government announcing a global tender process for Kochi Metro, rather than letting DMRC handle the consultancy and project execution as Sreedharan and DMRC had initially asked for. However, several political parties came out in opposition of the move, and backed Sreedharan's decision in enforcing DMRC's role in the Kochi Metro, after which the government reversed its stance. In 2013, Sreedharan estimated that the Kochi metro would be ready by 3 years.
Sreedharan has also been appointed as Chief Advisor for the Lucknow Metro. He has been advising for the Jaipur Metro as well as DMRC has undertaken its implementation.He has also been roped in as an advisor for a proposed Metro rail system in Andhra Pradesh in the Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada (VGTM) areas
I wish he would be the Railway Minister, maybe one day.
Thanks Sir.

What are some lesser known/interesting facts about Delhi Metro?


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