New Delhi: Thousands of people residing in south Delhi and Gurgaon on Friday bid adieu to crowded buses and over-charging autorickshaws as they opted for "much comfortable" Metro ride to reach their respective destinations from the national capital.
From college students to office-goers to Non-Resident Indians and elderly people, the news of Metro getting extended upto Gurgaon from the city's central and northern regions was a big relief.
And their dream of reaching home on time, that too in a "comfortable environment", came true as a train began its journey from Jehangirpuri in north Delhi to the satellite city of Gurgaon.
The Metro connectivity will be a boon for lakhs of people who travel to and from the national capital and Gurgaon for regular work.
And the excitement of getting a Metro was visible from the faces of the people as they waited for the services to begin at 3 PM.
"I specially bought a Smart Card to board the first train to travel on this newly opened corridor," Pran Nayyar, an NRI, said on his first Metro journey.
Indraprastha College professor Anita Swami waited till 3 PM to board the train and reach home comfortably.
"I waited till 3 o'clock to board the train to get down at Hauz Khas... otherwise I always end up taking an auto-rickshaw from Central Secretariat. This will be a boon for commuters travelling towards Guragon side," she said.
Rishita Malhotra, a journalist, who ends up taking an auto everyday to reach her office in Parliament Street, was happy as she can save more money now.
"It was a very comfortable ride on the Metro. The stations look very beautiful, entirely different from the existing ones.... I can save more money now," she said.
However, the commuters had some complaints too -- like non-functioning of escalators, minor technical glitches, scanners not functioning and "ugly site" outside the Metro station.
Metro's answer: "These will be rectified in some time. These glitches will be there till the system gets integrated."
About the "ugly site" outside stations, DMRC chief E Sreedharan has promised that all these will be cleared before the start of the Commonwealth Games.
Commuters also wanted the frequency of the trains to be increased. (More)