E Sreedharan Committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems

Transport infrastructure is one of the most important factors for a country’s progress. With rapid Industrialization, Urbanization, Globalization and concentration of large population in urban centers, the cities and towns of the country are growing at a faster pace. To keep this faster pace, for moving people, goods and services, metro rail projects are playing a crucial role not only as a transportation solution but as a means to transform cities.

The Indian government has taken various steps to develop Indian Metro sustainable and systematic. However, there are numerous other areas for which indigenous standards need to be formulated.These are layout of metro station,platforms, signage& displays, size of tunnels, fire protection systems, disaster management systems, environment friendly and waste management systems, standards for solar panels at stations etc.

These indigenous standards will ensure that metro rail sub systems for all new metro projects conform to the prescribed standards thus incentivizing manufacturers to plan for long term investments in the country and set up manufacturing units. This will also bring down the cost of the metro rail constructions and operation.

The Prime Minister linked process of making metro systems to cooperative federalism. He said wherever metros are being built in India, the Centre and the respective state government are working together.

A retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer, Sreedharan has served as the managing director of Delhi Metro from 1995 to 2012. He is credited for changing the face of public transport in India with his leadership in building the Konkan Railway. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001, the Padma Vibhushan in 2008,the Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur in 2005 by the French government and was named one of Asia’s Heroes by TIME magazine in 2003.

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