Finally, Delhi's own metro! It's clean and efficient and as good as they come. However, it's a system that should have been in place many years ago. Thankfully, the government woke up to the reality of desperately needing an efficient public transport system.
Only the first phase is in place for now--there are portions being added to the existing network by and by. This is one case, though, of a government-owned enterprise which has met deadlines and delivered. At least for now...
First-timers and those visiting Delhi after a long time, be prepared to see construction activity all around. This essentially means roads dug up at many intersections and traffic diversions. Besides the Metro project, lots of bridges/fly-overs, etc., are being built all over the city. Over-crowded roads will eventually make way for smoother flow of traffic. There are signboards that will say "please bear with us today, as we work for a better tomorrow". The fact, however, is that it should have been done many years ago. Anyway, better late than never. And Delhi-ites are bearing with it patiently. Every completed section does make life a little easier.
One good thing in all this is that Delhi will host the 2010 commonwealth games, and the attempt is to have all plans in place well before that, including a fully completed Metro train service.
Delhi Metto Rail Corporation, or DMRC, plans to build multi-storied complexes with shops, restaurants, ATMs, etc., which will be integrated into the metro station area. The metro has already started altering the real estate map of the city, with land prices around areas that get onto the metro map set to go spiralling upwards.