Passengers wait to board a train at Mantri Sampige Square Metro station, operated by Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. (BMRCL), in Bengaluru. (Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg)

PM Modi Allows Setting Up Panel To Lay Down Standards For Metro Rail

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved a proposal to set up of a committee to establish standards for the metro rail systems in the country.

The committee will be headed by E Sreedharan, also known as the India’s “Metro Man”, official sources said here. A retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer, Sreedharan served as the managing director of Delhi Metro between 1995 and 2012.

The government's priority was to build convenient, comfortable and affordable urban transport systems, Modi said while inaugurating Delhi Metro’s Mundka-Bahadurgarh section earlier today. “Our government brought out a policy relating to metros. This is because we felt aspects relating to metro systems need greater coherence and work as per a basic set of standards.”

He added that the government wanted to boost 'Make in India' initiative by making metro coaches in the country. “Several nations helped us in the making of Delhi Metro and other metros, and now, we are helping other nations by designing coaches for their metro systems,” Modi said.

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