Nearly one million people took a ride on the new subway and metro rail system in New Delhi, which opened Wednesday for regular service.
Tens of thousands stood in lines to board the rail system, which officials hope will relieve congestion in India's capital, a city of 16 million people and 4 million vehicles, reported The Associated Press.
Construction of the $1.7-billion first phase of the rail network began in 1998. Tickets for the rail system, which currently covers five miles with six South-Korean made trains, cost up to 16 cents.
By 2005, the network will have 60 railcars and consist of 37 miles of rail running above and below ground, and up to 2 million riders are expected to use the system daily.