Young Lovers Traveling in Metro Train


25-year-old Shikha going to work in the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro is nothing less than a battle. The hour-long journey from Vaishali to Rajouri Garden in the crammed train takes courage, she says. Every day, she suffers crushed toes and suffocation before she reaches a mall in Rajouri Garden where she works as a store representative.
There is no leisurely perusing of the newspaper or a novel during the 100-minute ride between the terminal stations at Vaishali and Dwarka. “You are fortunate if you just manage to get inside,” says Rachna Mehta, 25, an HR executive. “All the metro trains are jam-packed in the morning. And you will never board a train if you keep waiting for one that is less crowded.”
The busiest stations on the line are at Nirman Vihar, Preet Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, Yamuna Bank and Rajiv Chowk. “You have to brace yourself to survive at these metro stations,” says Ruhi Gill, 35, a manager at a PR firm. “The commuters rush inside, push each other and struggle to find standing space in the coach. By the time you reach office, you will have started to stink of sweat.”
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The situation can sometimes be as bad as in the claustrophobic Mumbai suburban trains, where sometimes you are pushed out of the train without your accord. Ruchita Saxena relates a similar incident that took place when she was going to Janakpuri. She was standing near the coach’s exit door when she found herself on the platform at Yamuna Bank station itself. “Someone pushed me from inside and I emerged on the platform with the sea of people deboarding there.” She says it is safer to stand somewhere away from the doors, but “because of the crowding, I find that suffocating”.
Commuting to office or going back home is a nightmare for Akshay Kumar (28) too. He recently shifted from Jamshedpur to Delhi and uses the Blue Line often. “In the last three months, I have never managed to get a seat in the train despite boarding it at Vaishali, which is the first stop,” he says ruefully. “I get off at Rajiv Chowk to take the Yellow Line, but the situation is worse there,” he adds. But Kumar has no option; he has sometimes tried to drive to work in his car and almost always managed to get into a nightmarish traffic jam.

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