In the last five years, the Delhi Metro has changed the way the Capital travels. Now for the first time, Delhiites would be able to glimpse the history and what went behind making the Metro.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to open a Metro museum on the lines of London’s transport museum by September. The museum will come up on the first floor of the present DMRC headquarter in Lodhi Road. The DMRC will shift its corporate office to the new Metro Bhavan at Connaught Place by mid-August.
Built in the heart of the city, Metro Bhavan would also be Metro’s nerve centre, as it would house its operations control centre (OCC).
The museum will be housed in the same room of NBCC Place, Pragati Vihar, from where DMRC’s Managing Director E. Sreedharan first started working in November 1997. In fact, it was Sreedharan’s idea to start such a museum and a DMRC team had visited London to have a first hand look at the transport museum there.
“The museum would exhibit models of trains and Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM), architectural models of interchange stations like Rajiv Chowk and Kashmere Gate, flags used to start the first trains on new sections, different kind of rocks and soils we encountered during tunnelling and construction and panels describing the genesis and history of Delhi Metro,” said DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal.
There would be a fee to enter the museum but DMRC hasn’t decided on the price yet. Visitors would, however, be given souvenirs like Metro tokens, key chains and printed literature.
“We have been working hard on the museum for last six months. It has already been 10 years since Metro’s construction started and it is about time we started collecting materials related to the process,” Dayal said, and added, “We would start on a small scale but plan to shift to another place like Connaught Place when we get the land.”
DMRC also plans to have a train simulator at its museum but that would take some time, as these machines are expensive and the one it has right now is being used to train drivers. There would be a separate room for audio-visual displays to showcase the Metro story.
Apart from information about Metro trains, the automatic train control system, automatic fare collection system and the 24X7 working environment of the Delhi Metro, the museum would also provide information about Metro systems around the world.