It’s strange how we get engrossed in our daily lifestyles in such a laborious manner that we forget to appreciate some of the good things in life. Delhi Metro is one of those good things that happened to Delhiites some three years back.
Since then, there has been a gradual transformation in the entire transportation system of Delhi. And more importantly in the way commuters travel. So those filthy looking, baniyan clad bhaiyas, who didn’t even pay a moment of heed before spitting out red-peek of the beetle leaves out of the window seats have suddenly outgrown into these quiet souls who are frequently caught looking amazed by the superb cooling effect of air conditioners in metros.
Civilized is not the keyword here, but there’s definitely a behavioral shift in how people behave in the metro as compared to any other public transport. Because the metro, is now synonymous to a well-to-do public transport, which is a bit classy, yet approachable. That’s the reason people probably feel the need to behave themselves, a feeling of self-consciousness has finally arrived with the Delhi metro.
Meanwhile, it has also proved to be a blessing for the so-called weaker sex. Mothers, daughters and sisters all over Delhi, travel with less fear and renewed confidence now. You have to see it to believe it. An occasional smack is out of question, for if someone even tries his hand at eve-teasing, then he’s in trouble for sure! One metro official in every train, high security systems plus a sophisticated crowd, all adds to an anxiety-free journey for the womenfolk. Dusk was once the deadline for women to reach home; traveling late evenings by private buses could be no less than a horrific experience, add to that the constant agony of family members. All that is history now.
Air-conditioning, quick service, high-speed are a few simple arguments why any wise man would prefer metro over a bus. But wiser is the man who knows his pocket. High ticket rates are still a debatable issue. Move further and it has its own share of problems. Frequent technical faults, a bit of pick-pocketing here and there, overloading, an occasional stampede like situation and etc…etc… etc…
But who is complaining? The public is more than delighted and a certain Mr. Sreedharan deserves all the applause.