As we know there is an 'Indian' way of doing everything!
We never seem to follow lanes or queues..even our RJ's for traffic updates use words like 'nuggisokke aagthillava'! (are you not able to squeeze throuhg?)
So what can we expect with the metro starting in few months(years?)? Fortunately Delhi has started the experiment first and there are some inputs flowing in on the pitfalls there..these are very few amongst the praises..but quite important..
- Trains do not arrive on time. - There is no use of planning our daily commute metro if it lacks reliability!
- The electronic signs usually get the frequency wrong.
- Within the trains, the announcements are going awry.
- Male passengers smugly sit on seats meant for ladies.
- At one of the major stations (Tiz Hazari) one found no X-ray machine at one of the entrances. And to think that security is as strong as its weakest link!
- At the destination, the trains were disgorging crowds but the turnstiles could not cope. The police were helpless. Rather than enforcing the exit queues they looked on helplessly.
- With lakhs of footfalls train floors are getting dusty. Is it too much to expect the Metro to deploy housekeepers on moving trains to clean them up when traffic is thin?
- Unlike the early set of stations, the quality of workmanship on the new stations is quite poor. It is difficult to find neat and straight edges. The railings are shabby. The windows are just functional.
More in the blog here..http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/vivianfernandes/1878/54052/delhi-metro-is-slipping.html
Most of the points are easy to work on..its just that we need to start looking into them!
Even though the BYP-MG RD line is more like a technology demonstrator..we need to have have it running on schedule all the time..to instill a sense of reliability among prospective users..else we will never be able to get public switch to the metro!