New Delhi: The Delhi Metro, which started with six trains chugging on 8.5 kilometre line, completed 100 months of its operation on Sunday. The humble beginning has now expanded over to 160 trains running over a rail network of 183 kilometres.

Around 14.16 lakh passengers commute in metro every day. Now the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has set a target of expanding metro network by 108 km in the third phase.

DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said that metro was a dream till a few years ago, but Delhi Metro has fulfilled the dream of Delhi commuters by completing several projects before time.

“After few months when the third phase becomes operational, Delhi metro would become one of the fastest running metros in the world,” said Dayal.

He added that 66 kilometre of new lines were laid for Commonwealth Games within a year, which is a record in itself.

While metro has gradually become the lifeline of the national capital over a period of time, some of the glitches, mostly technical, have still to be worked out.

The ever increasing ridership poses problems like congestion and delay in frequency quite often.

 “We receive more than 10 complaints daily and we are doing our level best to solve them,” DMRC chief E Sreedharan had noted a few days back while expressing happiness over completion of all corridors of Delhi-NCR in Phase-I and II successfully.

JPN/Bureau