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Delhi Metro completes successful 20-year run, expanding from 8 km in 2002 to nearly 400 km in 2022

The Delhi Metro is progressing slowly but steadily since its modest beginning in December 2002 with a passage of just 8.2 km, in the beginning, there were only six stations on the Red Line.

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New Delhi: The Delhi Metro is progressing slowly but steadily since its modest beginning in December 2002 with a passage of just 8.2 km. In the beginning, there were only six stations on the Red Line. Currently, in 2022, the Delhi Metro’s network will be over 390 kilometres long, capping off an eventful 20-year run.

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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation currently operates along several corridors in the national capital of Delhi and neighbouring cities.

Delhi Metro started its commercial operations on December 25, 2002, a day after then-prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the first section of the DMRC, which covered 8.2 km from Shahdara to Tis Hazari. At that time, there were only six stations.

To celebrate the two decades of successful operations of the Delhi Metro, it is slated to run a special train on Saturday that was flagged off by Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 24, 2002.

“DMRC has achieved a milestone, and the special run of the six-coach train is set to take place today from Kashmere Gate station to Welcome station on the Red Line,” a senior official said.

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On the occasion of the Delhi Metro’s 20th anniversary, a special exhibition will be unveiled on Saturday at the Welcome Station.

DMRC trains, on average, run 400–600 km and 16–18 hours a day, officials said.

The Red Line has now been extended on both sides, to Rithala in Delhi and the new bus stand (Shaheed Sthal) in Ghaziabad.

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