Urban transportation infrastructure in India needs big investment and a massive upgradation. It is estimated by various studies that 60% of Indians will be living in urban areas by 2050. Metro is emerging as key solution to fulfil demand for urban transportation in India.
India had been lagging behind other countries in terms of metro development. The country’s first metro in Kolkata opened in 1984, the second New Delhi, launched in 2002. After the success of Delhi Metro, lots of Indian cities are exploring the option to implement metro rail project across the country. As per Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), about 316 kms of Metro rail are under operation and more than 500 kms of Metro rail are under construction across the country.
Currently, 8 metro systems are operational in India and 3 new systems will starte operation by 2017, mainly Hyderabad, Lucknow and Greater Noida. Some of the metro lines, like Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Pune are under construction.
Around 20 cities have prepared Detail Project Reports (DPRs). Metro Rail is one of the most popular options for mass transport but it is important to highlight that the viability of metro projects depends on a correct planning, ridership estimation and corridor selection, adapted technology, capacity utilization, operation scenarios and acceptance of the mode by the commuters.
The seminar will address the following areas:
- Improve the network and operational efficiency of metro system
- Automated Metro and Signaling system
- Operation and Maintenance of metro network
- Ticketing integration with other modes of transport
- Innovative Funding and Financing Model
UITP and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) together organizing the event in New Delhi and cordially invite the delegates to the “UITP India Seminar on Metro Rail Projects – A Future Perspective” to be held in New Delhi, India on 15 December 2017. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is delighted to be the local host for this event.
The Seminar will provide an insight into the current status of metro projects in India and its role for developing better mobility system and liveable cities in the country.