New Delhi: The Delhi Metro helped save 33,000 tonnes of fuel and prevented the creation of over 2,275 tonnes of poisonous gases in the national capital in the past four years, a new report has said.
The completion of Phase I of Delhi Metro, covering 65 km, resulted in a reduction in road accidents, helped improve road traffic and travel conditions and made a substantial impact on the environmental well-being of the capital, the report by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) said.
“As a result of less use of road vehicles with the coming of the Metro, 57,858 tonnes of petrol, diesel and CNG would be saved by the end of year 2007. Over 33,000 tonnes of this have already been saved between 2002 and 2006,” it said.
“Since the Metro began operations in December 2002, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already taken 22,697 vehicles load onto its system which is likely to increase to about 40,000 by the end of year 2007.”
As a result, 16.6 lakh vehicle kilometres would be saved and Rs 218 crore would be saved on maintenance of vehicles by the end of 2007, apart from fuel savings of Rs 172 crore, it said.
The report, commissioned by DMRC as part of the first ever study of the impact of its operations, also stated that “Delhites would have a saving of Rs 129 crore by the end of 2007 owing to the Metro”.