Delhi Metro celebrates 22nd foundation day vice chairman, niti aayog,Dr. Arvind Panagariya calls Delhi metro, an island of excellence
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today celebrated its 22nd foundation day with annual awards being presented to 43 deserving employees for their outstanding contribution to the Delhi Metro along with three special prizes.
Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Dr. Arvind Panagariya presented the awards in the presence of Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi Sh. Kewal Kumar Sharma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Sh. DS Mishra, DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials.
Dr. Panagariya appreciated the performance of the Delhi Metro and said, “it is absolutely astonishing how within a span of 15 years or so, the Delhi Metro has come from zero to over 200 kilometres. The Metro is clean, bright and the trains run on time. It is an island of excellence.”
“The standards set by DMRC in designing structures is very high and such standards should be followed by other engineering organisations,” Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi, Sh. Sharma said on the occasion.
Dr. Mangu Singh highlighted the various initiatives taken by Delhi Metro towards providing comfortable and eco friendly travel to the commuters. “In the upcoming phase, we have taken a quantum leap in terms of the technology which will be employed by DMRC. Modern trains, which will eventually run without drivers, highly sophisticated signalling technology known as CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) will be introduced,” he said.
Dr. Singh also informed that the Delhi Metro had already commissioned over 6 MW of solar power and had awarded contracts for another 20 MW. He said that as per an MoU with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), an off-site solar power plant would be established from where DMRC would get power directly. Such a site had already been identified in Madhya Pradesh where a solar plant with capacity of 750 MW was being planned.
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Sh. DS Mishra also congratulated DMRC on the occasion and said, ”The development of Metro all over the country is taking place on the basis of what the Delhi Metro has achieved.”
The Mandi House Metro station was adjudged the ‘Best Metro Station’ and Sh. Rajeev Kumar Verma, Senior Group Station Manager (Malviya Nagar and Saket) received the Metro Person of the year award. The Metro Women of the Year Award, was given to Smt. Shikha Bhatnagar, Sr. Train Operator/Red Line
Besides these, 43 more employees from various departments were also awarded for their meritorious performance. An employee from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was also awarded for his contribution towards maintaining security in DMRC.