How to move 13 million people

Story and Video by Anthony Ezzo  |  Photos by Meghan Hawsman  |  Photo Gallery

Highlights

  • Delhi Metro is convenient for the common man to ride due to low fares.
  • How 13 million people move seamlessly throughout India’s capital.
  • How Delhi has evolved from cycle rickshaws to the current use of the Metro.

People in Delhi have been riding the metro since its start-up in 2002. But it’s not the only way to get around the city.

The approximately thirteen million people in Delhi have many options when it comes to choosing how they want to get somewhere. Whether it is a cycle rickshaw, auto rickshaw, bus, car, or the Metro, there is a huge variety of transportation in the city.

Santosh Choudhary is a cycle rickshaw driver and says that although it’s a lot of manual labor for him to perform, the cycle rickshaw can take people to a specific destination, which is the reason people still use the cycle rickshaws.

Waiting for Business

In addition to the cycle rickshaws are the auto rickshaws, which act as the “taxis” in Delhi.

These vehicles can be found almost everywhere you turn, and if you’re a tourist it is very likely you’ll be stopped by many drivers hoping you’ll give them business.

Buses are another option people may choose. Often very over-crowded, there are many of them around town that can take people from place to place. They don’t leave until they are full, but that doesn’t take long.

While the Metro is popular now, it is likely to be even more so since it is expected to add more routes and stops as time continues.

But until then, if people needs to get somewhere specific, they have several other options they can turn to such as the rickshaw–auto or cycle.

The Metro may be the newest way to get around the city, but the old ways won’t go away any time soon.


Category: India's Emerging Economy