India’s 6th metro system recently began operations on June 3 and its ridership has since stabilized to roughly 35,000 People Per Day (PPD). The 9.6 km long Pink line runs elevated from Mansarovar in the south of the city to Chandpole in the north where it goes underground for a couple hundred meters. The underground extension from here to Badi Chaupar (Phase 1B) is under construction by Continental Engineering Corporation and is expected to be opened by 2018.
Here are some pictures of the coolest new thing in town:
As many of you would have noticed, the trains look similar to Delhi’s metro system (specifically the Violet & Green lines) since the trains for both have been procured from Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) in Bangalore. In December 2011, BEML had won the contract to supply 10 4-car trains for the first phase. As traffic increases in the future, these trains will be expanded to 6 coaches.
I’m going to leave you all with an appropriate video of the metro system. Enjoy!