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The Delhi Metro which is also known as lifeline of the national capital, started passengers services with just an 8-km track back in 2002 when late Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was in her first term of the Delhi government. In the 17 years since Delhi Metro has transformed the way to commute in Delhi and much of the credit is attributed to Mrs. Dikshit, who passed away at the age of 81 on Saturday.
Not just for the introducing swanky Metro services, she will be remembered for development of smart urban transport infrastructure like roads and numbers of flyovers in the national capital. Most of the flyovers and Delhi metro tracks were constructed in the close to 15 years of rule of Delhi’s most loved chief minister, Sheila Dikshit.
Introduction of Swanky Metro
After the opening of passenger services in 2002, Delhi Metro has expanded its wings and come a long way. Now it is considered as one of the biggest mass rapid transit networks in the world. Delhi Metro connects the most of areas of the National Capital Region from Gurgaon to Noida, Faridabad to Ghaziabad and runs over 350 kilometres.
Ex. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit with Delhi Metro
With some 250 odd stations and nine lines (including Airport Express line), Delhi Metro is now the largest and busiest metro network in the country. It is also the second oldest metro rail system after Kolkata Metro.
More than 250 flyovers
Former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gave flyovers as second gift to the residents. These flyovers not only redressed the problem of long and heavy traffic in Delhi, but also saved the time and money of the people with great relief. Since 1998, Sheila Dikshit has consistently stressed the need to develop roads and new pathways of Delhi. The result was that at present, there are more than 250 flyovers in Delhi, which are proving boon for working people by adding NCR along with Delhi.
CNG for low carbon footprint
To make Delhi pollution-free, Sheila Dikshit had prepared the plan 20 years ago. For this, adding greenery as well as CNG was also included in their priority. If the public transport service is completely CNG based in the present time, then its credit goes to Sheila Dikshit only. With the introduction of CNG, not only the pollution decrease, given great relief to people from the rising prices of petrol and diesel.
Smt. Sheila Dikshit during inauguration of CNG Buses in Delhi
Remembering the contribution of Mrs. Dikshit, ex-Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh said,
I am shocked to hear the sudden passing away of Shiela Dikshit. In her death, the country has lost a dedicated Congress leader of the masses. People of Delhi will always remember her contribution to Delhi’s development during her tenure as chief minister for three terms.
Crediting much of this growth to Sheila Dikshit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said,
Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters.
Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/jERrvJlQ4X
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2019
Remembering her contribution to transform the face of Delhi, President of India Ram Nath Kovind said,
Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates.
In her 15 years as the chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit had ensured all-round infrastructural and social development of the national capital with over 130 flyovers, a swanky Metro and a growing number of DTC buses in the public fleet.
Urban Transport News team pays her tribute and thanks Mrs. Dikshit for transforming National Capital’s public transportation systems.
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