Transport infrastructure is one of the most important factors for a country’s progress. To keep this faster pace, for moving people, urban rail projects are playing a crucial role not only as a transportation solution but as a means to transform cities. 52.8% of India’s population would be living in cities and towns by mid-century compared to 32.8% in 2015, i.e. more than 750 million inhabitants.
Urban rail networks are expanding in Indian cities, as these are becoming key lifeline for the cities. Currently, 490 km of metro lines are operational in 10 different cities in the country. More than 600 km of metro rail projects are under construction in various cities. Further, It is expected that more than 350 km of new construction will be started in the next few years as more and more cities are planning for expansion or new constructions of metro rail. The average budget outlay of Govt. of India is likely to increase to about INR 250 billion annually, apart from the investments envisaged by the state governments, private partners and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). Government of India has sanctioned at least INR 306.53 billion to Metro projects across the country between the periods of 2012-16.
Various other steps have been taken for the systematic and sustainable growth of urban rail projects in the country. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has framed a new Metro Rail Policy to promote ‘Make in India’ initiative and Private Participation’ in metro rail projects. MoHUA is now pushing for the Standardisation and Indigenization of future metro rail projects in India. 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. There is need to explore other modes of choice include light rail operation and trolley buses in tier-II and tier-III cities.
- The seminar will try to address the following areas:
- Improve the network planning and decision-making
- Improve operational efficiency of metro network
- Technology Innovation in urban rail sector, incl. automation of metro and signaling system
- Technology alternative to metros
- 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 Urban Rail Network – Building Sustainable Cities” to be held in New Delhi, India on December 14, 2018. 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 roles for developing better mobility system and liveable cities in the country.
PAST EDITION – METRO SEMINAR 2017
“Metro Rail Projects – A Future Perspective” a seminar organised by UITP India with support from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was held on 15-16 December 2017 in New Delhi. The event witnessed participation from 10 countries 20 speakers and 120 delegates representing authorities, municipal corporations, metro operators (public and private), rolling stock companies, new mobility players and other industry players.