Delhi is a planned city with broad arterial roads. Yet, commuting in Delhi is quite a nightmare. Despite so many roads and flyovers constructed in the recent past, the traffic in Delhi is increasing by the day - making traffic jams an integral part of the lives of people who live and work here.
There are several means & modes of transport in Delhi that include - Metro Trains, Local Trains, Buses, Auto Rickshaws, Taxies and Cabs. Delhi has a large floating population. Local means of transportation are the lifeline for commuters of Delhi. Apart from the floating population, a large percentage of the local daily commuters too, make use of public transport facilities due to convenience and affordability.
The most convenient mode of transport in Delhi is the Delhi Metro. The citizens of Delhi got a sigh of relief when on 25th December 2001, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpai, the then Prime Minister inaugurated the first Delhi Metro. Today, the Delhi Metro has contributed significantly to easing the traffic on the roads. It has also helped reduce the commuting time significantly. Capacity augmentations, route extensions and new route additions are on with time. The full metro rail system is expected to be complete by the year 2020.
Buses are another popular and economical mode of transport. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) runs the world’s largest group of CNG powered buses which are very convenient to travel on. Auto rickshaws are other common means of public transport. Shared auto rickshaws are available on all parts of Delhi. Some even cross borders to take you to adjoining cities in other states, viz. Noida, Gurgaon, etc.
When you require specific charter services for a large group of people, you can avail the services of DTDC (Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation), which has a full-fledged Transport Department with Travel Counters and Tourist Information offices at various disembarkation points in Delhi such as Airport, Railway Station, City Center, Connaught Place, etc., with a variety of tourist vehicles and coaches. DTDC also has the capability and experience to handle travel and transport arrangement for national and international events. Their office address and contact numbers are given below.
DTDC Transport Division
INA, Near Dilli Haat
Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi
Phone: 91 11 24674153, 26884312
Delhi is well connected to other parts of India through roads (national highways), railways and air.