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 Wednesday, 25 December, 2002, 15:02 GMT
In pictures: Delhi Metro
Curious and excited customers thronged stations in Delhi for a ride on the new commuter rail system which opened to the public on Wednesday.

BBC News Online brings you some pictures of the day's events:

Passengers rush to board a metro train
People responded enthusiastically to the city's first metro rail


Delhi residents crowding a metro coach
Hundreds swamped the stations for a ride on the new trains


Passengers on a crowded metro platform
Many had difficulty trying to work out the sophisticated system


Impatient passengers waiting beyond the barrier
Officials struggled to control the impatient crowd and had to briefly shut a station


Prime Minister AP Vajpayee bought the very first ticket on Tuesday
Prime Minister Vajpayee (2nd from the right) was the first privileged traveller on Tuesday

Metro official flags off a gleaming new train
Officials say the pressure will ease once the system is fully operational
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