Metro makes major impact in Delhi

Staff Reporter

Saves 33,000 tonnes of fuel; prevents creation of 2,275 tonnes of poisonous gas

NEW DELHI: According to a new study of Delhi Metro railway, the much talked about mode of transportation has not just made travelling easy and comfortable but also made significant environmental and social impact on the Capital.

Conducted by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), the study reveals that the Metro railway has helped save 33,000 tonnes of fuel and prevented creation of over 2,275 tonnes of poisonous gases. Also, it has helped commuters in the city save 66 minutes every day on an average and reduced the daily vehicle demand.

The report adds: "The Delhi Metro's Phase-I environmental and social benefits will help recover the full cost of this phase by 2013. The completion of Phase-I of the Delhi Metro Project covering 65 km has resulted in reduction in road accidents, improvement in road traffic conditions as also the environment."

"If the social and economic benefits are quantified then the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has helped the city of Delhi in saving Rs. 1,167 crore already, which will increase to Rs. 2,072 crore by the end of 2007."

The study highlights that since the Metro rail began operations in December 2002 there has been a progressive increase in the reduction in daily vehicle demand due to people shifting to the Metro rail for commuting. "Till 2006, the Metro rail has taken the share of 22,697 vehicles and this share is projected to increase approximately to 40,000 for all other modes of travel such as cars, buses, two wheelers and auto-rickshaws by the end of 2007. Correspondingly, 16.6 lakh vehicle km will be saved till 2007 and this is likely to result in a saving of various types such as maintenance cost of road vehicles by Rs. 218 crore, fuel saving worth Rs. 172 crore and saving in road maintenance cost of Rs. 288 crore," the report states.

Pointing out that the Metro railway has resulted in reduced consumption of fuel containing hydrocarbons, the study claims this has resulted in emission savings of 2,275 tonnes. These saving are likely to go up to 3,968 tonnes by the end of this year.

"People in the city save 66 minutes every day on an average by travelling to and fro by the Metro rail, which has resulted in a saving of Rs. 415 crore up to 2006 as their earning capacity time increases," the study notes, adding that this figure is expected to increase to Rs. 725 crore by the end of this year.

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