India poised for Metro revolution
With the Metro rail's stupendous success as a mass rapid transport system in Delhi and Kolkata, it is going to be replicated in six other cities in the country with an investment of about Rs 60,000 crore.
While the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already been appointed as the prime consultant for Hyderabad and Kochi Metro and the in-house consultant for Mumbai Metro, it has submitted detailed project reports for Metro systems in Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahemdabad and Chennai.
Beside Indian cities, DMRC is also offering assistance in operating the mass rapid system for Jakarta in Indonesia.
"Beside Jakarta where our officials are already doing the survey work, talks are already on with concerned authorities in Dublin, Colombo, and Damascus. These cities have shown great interest in our Metro system and if the ongoing talks are finalised, then DMRC would provide consultancy to these cities as well," says a senior DMRC official.
When DMRC began its activities a decade ago, it had to take consultancy service from international organisations as there were few Indian experts on Metro systems. With the successful implementation of the Delhi Metro project, DMRC is now providing consultancy services to others.