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Transportation in Delhi is largely dependent upon road. Railways, including rapid transit systems like Delhi Metro, serve only 1% of the total demand. Road transportation in Delhi is maintained by MCD, NDMC, Delhi Cantonment Board, Public Works Department and Delhi Development Authority. At 1749 km of road length per 100 km², Delhi has one of the highest road densities in India. Major roadways include the Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road. Delhi is well connected to other parts of India by 5 National Highways: NH-1, -2, -8, -10 and -25.


Auto-rickshaws

The Auto-rickshaws (sometimes called Auto) are an important and popular means of public transportation in Delhi, as they charge a lower fare than taxis. Hiring an Auto in Delhi is very tricky, as few auto-drivers accept standard meter charges. The typical method is to haggle for an agreeable rate. It is typical for the rate to be almost doubled after 11 pm.

With the introduction of electronic meters, the tamper ability of meters has reduced, and a stronger jurisdiction for a sanctioning body has forced more auto-rickshaws to comply with the meter-based charging scheme.

Taxis

Though easily available, taxis are not an integral part of Delhi public transport. The the Indian Tourism Ministry and various private operators operate most taxis. The Tourism Ministry grants private companies permits to operate taxis.

Locally called tourist taxis, they provide better service than DTC ones, but, unlike DTC taxis, are not metered and usually charge more. To hire a taxi, one either has to go to a taxi stand or telephone a taxi service provider; they are not usually flagged from the street.

Buses

Delhi has one of India's largest bus transport systems. Most of the buses that ply across Delhi are operated by State-owned Delhi Transport Corporation(DTC) and other private operators such as the Blue Line Transport Corporation.

It is mandatory for all private bus operators to acquire permit from Delhi's State Transport Authority. Bus fares are based on the color of the stripe on the bus. Regular DTC buses are yellow and have bus numbers in white plates. Their fares are in denomination of 2, 5, 7 and 10 Rs. Similar private buses are yellow or blue. Buses with green stripes, yellow number plates and GL printed ahead of the number, charge a flat fare of 10 rupees.

Metro

Delhi's high population growth rate, coupled by high economic growth rate has resulted in ever increasing demand for transportation creating excessive pressure on the city's existent transport infrastructure. Like many other cities in the developing world, the city faces acute transport management problems leading to air pollution, congestion and resultant loss of productivity.

In order to meet the transportation demand in Delhi, the State and Union government started the construction of an ambitious mass rapid transit system known as Delhi Metro.

Railway Transport

Delhi has a large and efficient railway network. The Indian Railways plays a crucial role in connecting Delhi with the rest of India. The railway system also helps connect major parts of the city and its suburbs. The major railway stations through the trains are Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Okhla, Pragati Maidan, Shahdara, Shakur Basti and Tilak Bridge.

Air Transport

Delhi is well connected with all the major cities in India and in the world. All the major airlines operate from here so that makes it as one of the major entry point to India for the tourists coming from around the world. ndira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) serves Delhi for both domestic and international connections, and is situated in the southwestern corner of the city. In 2004, IGI recorded a traffic of more than 8.5 million passengers, making it one of the busiest airports in South Asia. It operates two terminals - Terminal 1 for domestic and Terminal 2 for international air travel. The international terminal has all modern facilities like Duty-Free Shopping, money exchange service and various other recreational facilities. However, limited transportation facilities between Terminal 1 and the international terminal, has caused some inconvenience to passengers in the past. Two other airports are Palam (now part of the IGI complex) and Safdarjung Flying Club.

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