Delhi is set to get a bigger and better Delhi Metro museum that will showcase its 32-year-old journey from the drawing board to a network across the National Capital Region (NCR).
At present, the Delhi Metro museum is located inside the Patel Chowk Metro station, which is popular but has space constraints. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to move the museum to a permanent and dedicated spot.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) plans to have a state-of-the-art museum on the lines of the London Transport Museum. It is soon going to hire international consultants for the project.
The present Metro Museum was first opened to public on December 31, 2008. Its idea germinated during a visit to the London Transport Museum by Anuj Dayal, DMRC’s executive director-corporate communications, in 2008. A team was put on work to carry out a thorough research about the information to be displayed at the museum. At the same time, another team started scouting for space, where the museum could be set up and Patel Chowk was selected.
The museum was first opened with a few information panels and later, exhibits such as working models of tunnel boring machine, Metro train, operations control centre, etc. were added.
But the number of exhibits, however, is expanding and there is no more space at the present spot. Also, the DMRC is planning on displaying different train coaches used by the Metro over the years at the new museum since the agency will stop using many of the trains that are now operational over the next few years but it wants to keep some of them for posterity.
“The new museum will also focus on interactivity so that people can learn about the Delhi Metro. We will also provide information on how to use the Metro properly,” Dayal said, and added that the new museum will be at par with any international transport museum.
Apart from train coaches, other machinery used for construction and operation of the Metro would also be kept in the new museum. There will also be simulators to provide real-time experience to visitors. The DMRC has already zeroed in on three locations for the new museum could come up and the project is awaiting the approval of its managing director Mangu Singh.