A Traveler’s Guide to Riding the Jaipur Metro like a Pro
Jaipur, being the classic destination for holidays, has a large number of public transport facilities. The city is connected via a network of state transport buses under the Jaipur City Transport Services Limited and Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation. Apart from the buses, in 2010, the Jaipur metro project was started for the convenience of the daily commuters and giving the public transport of the city a new shape with a well-defined structure.
An Overview of Jaipur MetroThe Jaipur Metro was planned on two routes named - the Pink Line and the Orange Line. The Pink line, that is the Phase-1 of the metro line is operational and traverses a distance of about 10km (6.2mi). However, some part of the Pink line is still under construction along with the orange line.
Phase 1A of the Pink Line is active and it connects Chandpole to the other side, which is Mansarovar. A total of nine stations exist in the executing Pink line, in the Jaipur metro services. The route of the metro is aligned in the southwest - northwest direction for the operational line. On the Chandpole side, two more metro stations will be added - Choti Chaupar and Badi Chaupar.
The Jaipur metro train comprises of 4 compartments. Out of the total distance of nearly 10 kilometers, 10-12 percent of the distance is structured as an underground route and the remaining 88-90 percent of the distance is framed in the elevated format. The Phase - 11, that is the Orange Line, is anticipated to be operational in 2021 and would cover a route with a distance of 20 km (12.4mi) comprising of 20 stations. So, when completely structured, the entire Jaipur metro would cover around 35 km (22mi) with 31 stations.
The stations comprising in the Pink line are - Chandpole, Sindhi Camp, Jaipur Junction or Railway Station, Civil lines, Ram Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Vivek Vihar, New Aatish Market, and Mansarovar.
The Superiority and FacilitiesBeing one of the smallest metro lines in operation at the present moment, the metro train runs at the highest speed of 80 km/h (50mi/h) and moderate speed of 32 km/h (20mi/h). At the curves, there is a speed limit of not more than 42 km/h (26mi/h). In the four compartments of the train, the Jaipur metro can accommodate 1506 commuters, with a count of 50 to be arranged in the seats and a provision and space for 292 passengers to be standing in each coach.
Each coach consists of CCTV cameras for rigorous monitoring. It also has charging points and there is an automated voice over in English and Hindi language about the upcoming station and instructions about the opening and closing of the doors. The metro train halts are specifically for 15-20 seconds per station. Additionally, there is a parking zone and ATM machines at every station. The metro has a well-equipped fire alarming system for prior warnings to be given during emergency situations. Also, there are fire extinguishing substances used to combat such emergencies at the desired moment. From the four coaches, the first coach is exclusively assigned to women commuters.
There are some specific rules and regulations to be followed by every passenger to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the metro premises. The commuters are strictly prohibited from consuming any eatables or drinking and liquid or water on the premises. Also, smoking and munching on chewing gum are restricted and littering is a punishable offense with a fine to be paid.
Jaipur Metro TimingThe Jaipur metro normally functions from 06:00 AM to 09:45 PM. The trains commute at a frequency of 15 minutes in non-peak hours and at a frequency of 10 minutes during peak hours. The first metro from Mansarovar and Chandipole towards the opposite sides is at 06:25 AM and the last metro that leaves from Mansoravar is at 09:30 PM and from Chandpole is at 09:20 PM.
Jaipur Metro Ticket FareThe basic method of commuting through the metro is by issuing a token for the amount pertaining to the associated station. The tokens are given for a single journey and the price will be from INR 6-18. The daily passengers can have a metro smart card or the ‘pass’ by paying a deposit of INR 50 while purchasing the card. The customers will get the INR 50 back to returning the card without any damages and before the expiry date of the card. The smart card renders a discount of 15 percent per station fare as compared to the token.
The recharge of the card can be done using applications, or on-counter. Funded entirely by the Rajasthan government, the metro caters to the tourists by issuing them a special tourist metro card which can be used for traveling throughout the line for one day or three days with a deposit of INR 50 for the card which will be eventually returned.
Important Connections from the Metro LinkConsisting of 9 stations, the Pink Line caters to the city transport efficiently. The metro station - Railway Junction connects the metro line to the Jaipur Railway Station. The metro station - Sindhi Camp links the line to the Sindhi Camp Bus stand, which is one of the most important bus stops for traveling anywhere in Jaipur. Also, Sindhi camp station connects to BM Birla Planetarium and Amrapali museum for the travelers to visit within 2.5 kilometers.
The Chandpole metro station is a far-reaching metro station in terms of connecting the tourists to the major attractions of the city which includes Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Bapu Bazaar, Johri Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Nahargarh fort, Albert Hall Museum and Jaipur Zoo which is within a radius of 3 km (1.9mi).
The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur is only at a distance of 3.6 km (2.2mi) from the Ram Nagar metro station. The simple network of Jaipur metro line can be perfectly understood by installing the applications associated with it named Jaipur Metro, which have the basic details about the map, the upcoming route, nearest metro station, the fare, and the last and the first train for the particular metro station.
With having a daily ridership for about thousands of people in the city, Jaipur Metro has become one of the major public transport services in Jaipur.