The year was 1999.
The venue was Khyber Pass in north Delhi, named after the pass that connects Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Deputy Chief Engineer Daljeet Singh was taking charge of a piece of land where trucks used to be parked. The truckers were angry. Some of them tried to set his car ablaze.
In hindsight, it was a minor hiccup.
Fourteen years later, Delhi Metro is all set to roll into Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Bahadurgarh in Haryana.
Its network is already 190 km long.
By 2021, it will have added another 240 km.
Khyber Pass, where the truckers had shown murderous intent, has a Metro depot. And Singh holds no bitterness against the truckers.
Land acquisition, he says, was a new concept then. "When people’s livelihood is affected they obviously protest, but they soon realise that it will help them."
Singh is not bitter because DMRC has gone from strength to strength, assuming a bigger role in Delhi's civic life.
Last week, it was asked to draw up a blueprint to decongest and redevelop Chandni Chowk area in the old part of the city.
Property prices climb 5-10 per cent in localities touched by Delhi Metro.
It is also widely recognised as an agent of social change: apart from other things, it helps the middle classes travel to protest venues in style and reasonable comfort.
In recent protests, the Delhi Police cleverly shut Metro stations close to the disturbances.
The bus corridor, which was projected as an inexpensive mass transport alternative to the Metro, is out of reckoning because of tardy traffic management.
Over 1.8 million travel on Delhi Metro every day.