The local transportation is the lifeline of the capital city of New Delhi. More than half of the population in Delhi is dependent on local transport for commuting purposes. The means & modes of transport in New Delhi are many, ranging from the cheapest trains and buses to the expensive taxis. Read on this Delhi public transportation guide to get more information about traveling in the capital city.
One of the cheapest modes of transport in Delhi consists of the local
buses. Infact, the capital city boasts of one of the largest bus
transport systems in India. Almost all the buses in Delhi are owned
either by the State-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) or the
private contractors. The bus fares are in denomination of 2, 5, 7 and 10
rupees. Quite some time back, the Government introduced environmentally
friendly CNG buses in the city that have now completely taken over.
Taxis are easily available in Delhi for hiring purposes. The taxis are
mostly operated by DTC, the Indian Tourism Ministry and various private
operators. They are available both for local commuting as well as long
distance purposes. However, one has to go to the taxi stand or telephone
a taxi service provider for hiring them. Also, taxis are a little
expensive mode of transportation in Delhi.
Auto Rickshaws fall in between taxis and buses. They are more expensive
than buses but cheaper then taxis. Also, they are easily available as
they can be flagged from the road. However, one has to be careful while
hiring autos. This is because most of the autos drivers refuse to ply by
the meter. If this happens, one should bargain a little and fix fare in
advance, before hiring the auto.
The local transportation of Delhi boasts of the relatively introduced
Delhi Metro. Metro has still not reached all the parts of Delhi but it
is under construction and some of the routes have been completed and are
already operational. The fare of Metro is quite reasonable and the
journey amounts to a pleasurable experience.
Local trains consist of one of the cheapest means and modes of
transport in Dilli. Both inter-state as well as intra-state trains ply
from various railway stations in Delhi. Commuting by trains is quite
time saving. The major railway stations in the capital city are Old
Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Okhla, Pragati Maidan, Shahdara,
Shakur Basti and Tilak Bridge. There are numerous other small stations
in Delhi for local commuting purposes
Rural Transport Vehicles (RTVs)
RTVs are like mini buses and ply on the local routes. However, they run
on limited routes only.