Delhi Metro – Millennium City to Mehrauli Wilderness in a Single Sweep

A road that once connected picturesque Mehrauli wilderness to the majestic capital of Mughal splendor still exists. And so do the people who traverse it everyday. But for some years now traveling from the Walled City to the Millennium City has undergone a tectonic shift with the arrival of the Delhi Metro.

It used to take Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal Emperor, weeks to reach Mehrauli on an elephant back where he idled away his free time. While today the journey might take a few hours but in spite of fancy cars the trek continues to be as arduous thanks to the traffic snarls. In the making for 4 years the Gurgaon Metro comes at a cost of Rs. 688 Crore but it promises to transform the Delhi-Gurgaon travel.

Delhi Metro
These might be early days for the Metro in Gurgaon–limited service operational only till Qutub Minar, tough to get to any Metro Station–but a trip on the line enables one to traverse a landscape that exists over a 1,000 years! What we don’t realize is how much of history is peppered along the Mehrauli-Gurgaon or MG Road.

Starting from the Mall Capital of India the Metro crosses the 1000 years old Slave Dynasty monuments like Qutub Minar and would go through one of India’s premier hospitals, AIIMS, Dilli Haat and a portion of Lutyens Delhi when the line to Central Secretariat gets underway!

Imagine passing through a millennium every day!

The fully-overhead Metro Line showcases the Mall capital of India as the Metro cuts across almost 8 malls! Greatly reducing the traveling time and cost of connectivity; Delhi Gurgaon would take a mere 30 minutes and less than Rs. 20, the Metro is a welcome respite.

A few years ago the mere mention of traveling to Gurgaon was enough to send shivers down one’s spine but now the same can be undertaken with great pleasure. Gurgaon also happens to be the home of BPOs in India and with Metro’s advent one can also look forward to drastic drop in the flurry of cabs that previously made driving a nightmare.

One of the fastest growing cities in the world Gurgaon promised unblemished modern living but that promise is far cry from the ground reality. There seems to be a visible disconnect between the thriving boom and the people for whom it’s being undertaken.

With a clear definition of ‘public transport’ still conspicuously missing from the lexicon of Gurgaon, reaching the Metro is nothing less than an adventure in it’s own right.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has laid great stress on feeder services and perhaps some where the state government will wake up and change things.

Or maybe we’d have to wait three more years till the nation’s first largely funded Rapid MetroRail project connecting DMRC’s Sikanderpur Metro station with Gurgaon expressway via DLF City-II, Belvedere Park and Towers, DLF Cybercity, National Media Centre and Ambience Mall gets going for the ‘local’ transport.

But till that time enjoy the Millennium city’s Metro; take as much time in reaching the station for there’s one train every 6 minutes and thankfully that’s here to stay.