I-Metros, an association of all Indian Metro Rail companies, was launched by Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha during a conference on “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence” here yesterday.
The association will be a forum for exchange of ideas, pooling of knowledge and sharing of experience, best practices, innovations, and so on, among the Indian Metro Rail companies to nurture excellence in performance.
Mr. Sinha also released “The Operator’s Story”- a publication by World Bank and Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC), Imperial College London, on findings of the research on “What makes Metros successful”.
“This suggestion that all Metros which are coming up in the country, should share their experiences and best practices, came from none else than the Prime Minister himself. I am very glad to find that considerable progress has been made. Today a platform, I – Metros has been created which will go a long way if it progresses in the right way in terms of sharing of best practices and adoption of the latest technologies," he said.
Mr. Sinha also appreciated the journey of the Delhi Metro and said, “Delhi Metro has been a real success story. It has been a case study. They have set benchmarks for others in the country. We have all seen it grow over the last 15 years or so and they have delivered their projects in terms of the world’s best. We all recognise the contribution Delhi Metro has made. I must congratulate them.”
Mr. D. S. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, said,“the government has come up with a new Metro policy only last year that is going to pave way for creating an eco system for the rapid growth and development of Metro systems in the country.”
The conference on “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence” was attended by representatives of Metro systems from all over the world who are in Delhi to attend the management meeting of the Community of Metros (CoMET). DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and representatives from Metro organizations from all over the country were also present on the occasion.