The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) celebrated its 14th Foundation Day on Saturday. Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development and Chairman, DMRC, M. Ramachandran inaugurated the function along with DMRC Managing Director E. Sreedharan.
Speaking on the occasion, Ramachandran said the Delhi Metro is already taking the load of 40,000 vehicles, according to a study conducted by the Central Road Research Institute.
Sreedharan attributed the success of the Delhi Metro to its work culture and expressed confidence that punctuality, integrity and professional competence of its employees would help complete Phase-II of the project on schedule.
Presenting a brief on the achievements of the DMRC over the last year, Director (Electrical) Satish Kumar said punctuality of trains was maintained at 99.9 per cent. He said the introduction of the DMRC’s GPS-enabled feeder bus services in November 2007 had already increased the number of Metro users by five per cent.
On the occasion, Delhi Vishwavidyalaya station was declared the ‘Best Metro Station’. The station caters to about 25,000 commuters every day and earns about Rs three lakh as revenue. This is also the first Metro station to provide bicycles on hire to commuters, a project running successfully.
Anil Kumar Meena, assistant station manager, Central Secretariat and Patel Chowk, won the ‘Metro Man of the Year (2007-08)’ award for his excellent customer support actions, proper upkeep of stations and crowd management.