Green Light for New Delhi Underground Metro

System to eventually lay some 150 miles of track.

Published: 27-Dec-2002

Commuters in New Delhi frustrated by interminable traffic jams and soaring levels of road rage have received a belated Christmas present -- a new underground rail system.

Stage one of the new New Delhi metro was officially opened Tuesday, Christmas Eve, by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who was also given the honor of buying the system's first ticket.

The plan is eventually to lay some 240 kilometers (150 miles) of track, although the first stretch of the network to become operational runs for just over eight kilometers.

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