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Delhi Metro Project…………..


  • Delhi Metro is a rapid transit system serving Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region of India.
  • The first line of Delhi Metro was inaugurated by A.B.Vajpayee (former Prime Minister of India) on 24th December, 2002.
  • In 1995 GOI and GNCTD formed DMRC under the companies act to construct the Delhi Metro.
  • Conceived as a social sector project, funding assistance was provided by the contribute by the Japanese Government.
  • Rest was contributed by GOI and GNCTD through equity.


Delhi Metro: Urgency

  • Metro is considered a transport option when population of a city crosses 1 million mark.
  • Automobiles contributed to more than 2/3rd of the total atmospheric population.
  • Delhi had more registered vehicles than Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai put together.


Delhi Metro- Social Sector Project

  • Globally, MRTS projects were financially unviable.
  • Estimated cost of first phase of the project increased from Rs 60 billion to Rs 89.27 billion.
  • In view of high cost and low financial IRR it was considered a project for the regional economy in more ways than one.


Delhi Metro- Project Team

  • “Each member of the team was interviewed personally by me. I went through their track record particularly with regard to their integrity.”- Shreedharan
  • Most of the staff was between 18&30 years.
  • It had just two departments- Project Organization & Operations and Maintenance.


Delhi Metro- Problems in Recruiting

  • Problem of skill shortage.
  • Problem of Training.
  • Problem of Lack of Experience.
  • Problem of Corruption.


Delhi Metro- Planning Obstacles

  • Lack of Funds.
  • Political Interference.
  • Lack of Professionalism.
  • Accountability, Property, Disputes, etc.


Delhi Metro- Quality Management

  • DMRC appointed a special quality assurance team independent of field executives.
  • Each employee had to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) as against a benchmark.
  • Every Monday, the heads of departments had to meet to review progress, set new targets or revise targets.


Delhi Metro- Cost Control

  • The total expenditure of Delhi Metro was split into 3 broad heads-
  1. Manpower
  2. Energy
  3. Material Including Maintenance
  • Each of these accounted for approximately 1/3rd of the project cost.
  • DMRC employed only 45 persons per km of track as per international norms in contrast to Kolkata Metro which employed 3 times as many people.
  • DMRC used Primavera Project Planner 3.0 for project planning and monitoring.


Disagreement between Shreedharan & Indian Railways

  • Shreedharan was in favor of standard gauge, generally used in Metro system.
  • IR favors the broad gauge, the gauge used over most of the railway network in India.
  • GOI intervene and asked the DMRC to adopt the broad gauge for the Delhi Metro.


Protecting the Environment

  • It pursued environmental and safety objectives.
  • Construction sites were entirely covered.
  • They used silent generators t work sites and also used light shields to reduce glare from work lights at night.
  • DMRC took measures to dispose of water wastes.


Delhi Metro- Current Scenario

  • Number of Lines: 06
  • Number of Stations: 142
  • Daily Ridership:8 Million
  • Number of Vehicles: 210 trains
  • Train Length: 4/6 Coaches

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