Dr Kalam was impressed by Delhi Metro’s efficiency, safety and cleanliness. Kalam took a ride from the Central Secretariat station and traveled all the way to Rajiv Chowk and viewed the interchange arrangements at Jahangirpuri HUDA City Center and Dwarka Sector 21 NOIDA City Center corridors.
Eloquent about functioning of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Kalam wrote in the visitor’s book where he praised Metro’s environmentally friendly and user friendly attributes. He also called this transportation system as amongst the best in the world and noted its qualities of cost effectiveness, cleanliness, safety and punctuality.
It may be brought to mind that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (or DMRC), which began offering services on 3rd Oct 2010, has been accredited by United Nations as being first Metro rail and rail system to get carbon credits for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The Metro system reduces pollution levels in the city by 630,000 tonnes per year.
These Metro trains are lightweight and made of stainless steel they are fitted with pneumatic springs, regenerative brakes and are airy and spacious with wide vestibules and automatic doors. These are assembled by Bangalore based Bharat Earth Movers Limited who will also be supplying coaches for the Phase III. The Metro system covers total network of 190 kms and has maintained 99.7% punctuality rate over the past year.
In the image above, you can see, the 11th President was accompanied during the visit by DMRC’s Managing Director, Sh. Mangu Singh, Director (Electrical) Sh. Satish Kumar, Director (Operations) Sh. Sharat Sharma and Director (Finance) Sh. KK Saberwal.
Some excerpts from DR. APJ Abdul Kalam`s address to delhi metro: “The DMRC accomplished historic achievements right from planning to successful execution. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has given to the nation the potential of executing a fast transportation system using high technology with reliability through a time bound mission mode operation. Delhi, the capital of the country with over 20 million population, has the distinction of having a world class metro rail with frontline technologies. I understand, everyday, Delhi Metro handles the movement of about 2 million passengers.”
“Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has brought the most advanced rail technologies for the first time, to India. The notable gains to the country are, light weight stainless steel, sleek, modern trains with pneumatic springs, regenerative braking, public information display, wide vestibules and automatic doors. The sophisticated coach technology, which was not available in the country so far, has now been transferred to M/s Bharat Earth Movers Ltd., Bangalore, which is now assembling these trains with progressive indigenization. BEML is now in a position to supply coaches needed for Phase-III of Delhi Metro Rail and meet the requirement for Metro Rail projects coming up in other cities of the country.”
“DMRC had ensured that all the scheduled sections were completed by the target date or before and within their respective budgets through excellent programme management expertise. The dedicated and transparent leadership backed up with professional competence of DMRC leaders and the team has given to the nation, one of the best transportation systems of the world at the most economic cost. Here is a leader who has passion and passion for excellence. The tradition continues with new missions under the leadership of Shri Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC.”