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Delhi Metro Project: Indian Project Managers Show the Way
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000 passengers per hour each way. some stretches have finished six months ahead of time and the entire project is expected to be completed by December 2005. when running at full capacity. Already. In the case of Delhi. Circa 2004 Twenty-two kilometers of the metro project are up and running.000 – 75.1 million passengers per day across 59 stations. and the service. when running at full capacity. and the service.P A G E 2 RAILWAYS DELHI METRO PROJECT: INDIAN PROJECT MANAGERS SHOW THE WAY Eighteen months from now. All entrances of the metro stations are controlled through automatic flap gates through which 45 to 60 passengers can exit India Brand Equity Foundation o o www. Contact-less smart cards serve the purpose of tickets for metro passengers.1 million passengers per day across 59 stations. When E Sreedharan took over as the managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in November 1997. as many as 35 studies have been done on the transport problems of Delhi since 1950 – and a number have suggested the Metro Rail for a solution in Delhi. work is going on three fronts simultaneously: utility diversion. Eighteen months from now. Ticketing is fully automatic. o The station air-conditioning and ventilation system in tunnels have been planned to meet the rigorous climatic conditions of Delhi.org . two doubts were raised about the subway rail venture: was it worth the effort? Equally important. In fact.ibef. A train will run every three minutes during peak hours.000 – 75. A large number of utilities like water pipes. sewerage lines. would it finish on time? After all.000 passengers per hour each way. Seoul and New York. the venture’s overground and underground network is expected to carry 2. putting together a subway railway system in a crowded metropolitan city isn’t easy. To finish the project faster. A train will run every three minutes during peak hours. telephone and electric cables need to be relocated to facilitate the construction work. people have to be relocated…. the venture’s overground and underground network is expected to carry 2. The coaches are all air-conditioned. will carry 60. the Delhi Metro project rivals similar services in London. Not only has the DMRC has stuck within the completion targets. barricading and actual civil construction. India’s first metro project in the eastern city of Kolkata took more than 25 years to complete. will carry 60.
Testing and Commissioning of ballast less tract ABB Ltd Best & Crompton. and enter per minute. Japan. This was done by roping in Indian companies as consortium members at each stage of the project. In 2002 Indian engineering firm Bharat Earth Movers Ltd signed a contract with South Korean firm Rotem for manufacturing rust-proof and has fibre-reinforced interiors steel coaches within India under a transfer of technology agreement. Shimizu & Air Conditioning Corporation Itochu Corporation (Japan) Samsung Corporation (Korea) Skanska International (Sweden) Dyckerhoff & Windmann (Germany) Supply of coaches & engine Signaling & communication Mitsubishi Corporation. A www. Installation. Spain IRCON International Traction & power distribution technology Supply.ibef. The entire fare collection system is monitored through a central commuter in the operational control centre of the DMRC. Australia IRCON International Over the course of the seven-year venture. Spain. Korea Indian Partners IRCON International Hindustan Construction Co Larsen & Turbo Ltd. Bharat Earth Movers Alstom Transport.org India Brand Equity Foundation . Installation.KOROS. several capabilities have been acquired by the Indian partners. France Alstom Transport Alcatel Portugal Sumitomo Corporation. Japan Corba. Operation Contractors Civil Works.ELIOP. Testing and Commission of power supply Supply.P A G E 3 RAILWAYS DELHI METRO PROJECT: INDIAN PROJECT MANAGERS SHOW THE WAY But the real marvel of the Delhi Metro project stems from two counts. First is the way in which a foreign dependent project has been localised and re-engineered. First is the way in which a foreign dependent project has been localised and re-engineered. Ventilation Kumagai Gumi Co.Engineering MVM. But the real marvel of the Delhi Metro project stems from two counts.
" says DMRC managing director E. When the metro project started. The studies include route alignment. Other metro projects in the pipeline include the western cities of Mumbai. Better still. DMRC and RITES are confident enough to navigate the venture from here alone. on behalf of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. an industrial hub on the other side of the river Hooghly which runs through the city. Railway Technical Services and Tonichi Engineering Consultants from Japan. environmental impact and system designing. Four of them were global firms: Pacific Consultants International. project management processes have also been transferred seamlessly. DMRC’s domain expertise acquired over the last seven years is now being used to develop feasibility studies for other metro projects. We have always wanted to have a more patriotic approach in our work and are proud that we can do the job ourselves in such little time. and Parson Brinkerhoff International from the US. DMRC will use construction and technology similar to that used in English Channel albeit on a smaller scale. Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) was the only Indian consultant. We have always wanted to have a more patriotic approach in our work and are proud that we can do the job ourselves in such little www. the northern city of Lucknow. and projected demand for transport in the next five decades. soil testing. "We (DMRC and its partners) have acquired the expertise for most of the work. a five-member consortium managed it.P A G E 4 RAILWAYS DELHI METRO PROJECT: INDIAN PROJECT MANAGERS SHOW THE WAY year later. even though the third stretch will pass through some of the most congested areas of Delhi.org India Brand Equity Foundation . Alongside the manufacturing practices. Bharat Earth Movers (BEML) released the first rake comprising two engines and four trailer coaches. and Ahmedabad. the West Bengal government asked DMRC to prepare a detailed project report to connect the eastern city of Kolkata’s existing metro rail with Howrah. utility mapping.ibef. for the final stretch of the metro project. Now. For example. By 2005. BEML will supply 180 coaches. At another level. Sreedharan said in a recent interview. and the southern cities of Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. RITES. is in the process of completing a detailed project report for the southern cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad. ‘‘We (DMRC and its partners) have acquired the expertise for most of the work.
INDIA. which describes the History. DMRC not only brings in experience and lower costs. Routes and issues which faced the Delhi Metro Project since its planning up to its implementation.com 2. Phone: 91-11-24365202 / 4 Fax: 91-11-24365370 The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has brought out a 256 page book titled " A Dream Revisited" (An Archival Journey into the making of the Delhi Metro Rail). An important reason why DMRC’s skills are being taken to other cities is the cost factor.” Mr Sridharan said during the presentation. Managing Director.P A G E 5 RAILWAYS DELHI METRO PROJECT: INDIAN PROJECT MANAGERS SHOW THE WAY The cost of the Delhi metro project at US $2. www.’’ says DMRC managing director E. The most positive outcome of a strong external management strategy has been a strong reserves position. which translated into a per km cost of US$ 18 million.3 billion for 66 kms of tracks is higher since most of the technology has been sourced from abroad.ibef.org India Brand Equity Foundation . To get a copy of the book. Sridharan pointed out that the cost of a 39.110003. First Floor.3 billion for 66 kms of tracks is higher since most of the technology has been sourced from abroad time. Tel: +91-11-24365851 Email: anuj@delhimetrorail. Bhishma Pitamah Marg Pragati Vihar. At a presentation made to the Andhra Pradesh government in 2003.45 km metro project in Hyderabad was estimated at US$ 712 million at April 2003 prices. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. E Sreedharan. it also shows the rest of India and the world how to put together a world-class project within a world-class timeframe. Related Resources 1. N B C C Place. New Delhi . “The cost of the Delhi metro project at US $2. Sreedharan said in a recent interview. New Technologies. Growth. contact: Anuj Dayal Chief Public Relations Officer Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. India’s foreign exchange reserves are in excess of US$108 billion.
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