Associate Producer, CNN-IBN
Like many others, I had been waiting for the day the Metro rolls out to Noida. Finally the D-day arrived when it was flagged off on Thursday, marking the start of a new journey.
Since morning I was restless, waiting eagerly for my shift to end and take the Metro. But Murphy's was at work, and I was able to leave office an hour later than my regular time. However, a kind colleague understood my predicament and agreed to drop me off to the station. And all the way to the Metro station, a five-minute ride from the office, the conversation revolved around the Metro.
I reached the Botanical Garden Station, where the building is still under construction, in no time. I took the escalator (as work on the staircase is still on) and, at the entrance, I was manually frisked.
The stains of cement and distemper on the wall are still fresh. I could see the hall area was still under construction. Luckily, for me, I didn't have to wait long for the train to arrive.
Excitement was palpable as I entered a brand new train. Around me, conversation bordered on how the Metro would be a time-saving exercise.
But all were not happy. One family, in particular, lamented the fact that they could not see their house because of the green cover.
As the train reached the Sector-18 station, lots of young professionals and students added the GenY quotient to the Metro ride! While moving towards Delhi, one can see lots of banners and posters over multi-storeyed buildings welcoming the Metro.
As we approached the Yamuna Bank station, the train stopped to give passage to a train already stationed there, reminding me of typical Indian Railways behaviour. In no time, the theme of the conversation changed from praise to criticism.
I finally got off at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. I was feeling happy and joyful as I made my way back home. Although the journey of an hour-and-a-half was slightly longer than my usual, I felt it was worth it.
It was a wholesome experience. Having seen the construction work in entirety and the successful completion of it, I felt happy knowing that I saw its evolution to such a long journey!