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ZCZC OF 12 TRANSPORT-HONG KONG MTR-DELHI METRO (WITH PHOTO, GRAPHICS) Hong Kong's MTR gives a feel

of what Delhi Metro may be like By Gaurav Sharma

HONG KONG, May 27 (UNl) Indian vi~itors to Hong Kong can get a feel ~ of what the upcoming Delhi Metro Rail will be like by using the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) here which forms the very backbone of public transport systems in this part of the world. The MTR, used by a third of all those inhabiting this city and ~• ... accounts for 30 per cent of total public transport boarding, has much-more than just" mere superficial similarities with the Indian capital's own upcoming mass transit system project. The residents here may not be able to imagine how their MTR could possibly resemble or be similar in any way to New Delhi's Mass Rapid tranSit System (MRTS) as urban commuter problems differ in case of the two cities. But the Indian capital, like Hong ~ong, has a witnessed a circular growth. This is why tHe Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), like Hong Kong's existing systems, has to establish criss-cross rail links cutting across the most congested locales ~s well connect e~i5ting transport systems with the mass transit network. Here the MTR, wh1ch made its m~rk in 1979, cuts across city parameters criss-crossinq the Kowloon peninsula and connects it at three different points under the sea to the main Hong Kong island. In terms of interchanges, passengers can change from the MTR to the overhead .:ow1000 Canton Raihlay P~CR) at" one po Ln t; (vi:z .~owloon Tong) to go r1gh~ upto the China border at La Wu. Both MTR and KCR trains run at intervals of two minutes at peak hours accoreding to William Shiu from SAR Hong ~~ong Transport Bureau. "Commuter flow is thus enhanced~ reliance on road based iransport is reduced and fares are kept at affordable levels," M~ Shiu told UNI. One can also avail the services of no less than five bus operators and three ferry servi~es at Admiralty and Central MTR st~tions to tr~vel to parts of the island not accessible by the undergr-ound. An efficient linkage on t~is footing makes all the difference. Chow Yun Lam, a "resident here for the last forty years says,' 'Change was ~elt gradually when the MTR service primed during the mid to late eightie~. More so with advent of interchanging points between J(CR, BLIS services, ferries and the MTR.'· This is exactly the type of urban transport system coordin~tion that the D&lhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is aiming at, according to its D1rector for Project and Planning CBK Rao. MORE UNI GR'SA SB1204 NNNN

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Secretariat and

commuters
take existing

Metro

Central

a Uelhi Central

the

already
t1TH

Transport Terminal

Corporatiall
overhead~"

(DlC)

bus
(~~O

from

Mr Rae sald. people on

cur r-f-E'nt1 '1'

,,-uns over Wl lh

82. ,2 kms thIT)I_,yh

44 st~.''It,ions

undergr'ound,

14 at. grade one mi 1 lion

or- elevi.1ted) sub-ur"ban

kE"epjng ~:.2 million anDthel~

the

mo\,'e f?ver-yday

U1f? I<CH .=:.c.1dlrHJ

t:::;

stat.ifJf1s

tl'''ansportiny

dwell et~ s.

The U+:::lhi I'1HTE', hi t~l"H·ch '21){'15. 11011.11 ntn uvet- ~.2 ~'mr;; l.hn.l\,\gh 4~. st~tlons with ten stations und~rground and the rest ~t grade or ele··..... ated keeping some t.wo milll.on pl?ople ort the move both way's per day.
O£:>spite siflularitier=:, Kong cor·poratl.on c oun t erper
h';:1S

in no

project

OI.lt.l~1Y,

the "IHII

e~,t.ablie,het1 Hong

'dilrF.·ct' about
C.OIHtE-L

t , MlR Cor'pcwaLI?
speculation

linl's with it_s upcoming Lrid aan Rpl.?ltions I"'anager Ml.randa Leung told lINI.

scorching any International, ushered
in

DMRC"s

J~panese

consultants

Pacifl.c

one

of

t~"lR'~

conSUltancy
t.:i,Qrl •

~ervice~s of
work

c Li e-nt , hav Lnq

tlia t

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Both corporations also differ ill tprms conditlcH1S •.. In Hong ~::C)ng, while sett.ing corporat.ion was having a l~gal authorit.y.
aCCluisi lion on o'f land. 'in abSenL& of

cultures and work tIP thp f,:woject, the whJ.ch we don't have. For
powers
.::\r-e

statutl:)I'"Y

we are sore

dependent

others,"
out

lamented of

Mr Rao of

DMRC. po i.n s t rendered pUwi=>rE where we are

, 'Leqa 1 hass 1es and demands few LOmpenS2< tiori
arising absenc.e of statutor·y

helpless. althou~h li~e the MTR we tlave zero political interference," Mr R~o s~id. Given India's qround conditions, what Plits I}plhi Metro
internat.1onal not E?yes is how the DMRCaspini;'s to

in
i1

erl'fcH"cesimilar"

levels of service than Hong ~ong's MTR. For a fact, people who eat or drink in th~ MIR can be fined. At the end of each line, cleaners hurtle through every trsin with a long hand 1ed brush and dllstpan and t.he outs.ide of each train seems to be washed pvery night. Wherever the train stops. the voice of local RTHK radio stat10n better"
Cherl. Chan Yu Van

jockey doors

and

inform5~

them

greets passenqers exit1ng from automatic abou t the stop in Cantt')nese and English.

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According to MTR personnel cell in place, a list of do's recycling bins at zones). Passengers every also

on duty there and dDnt's for are

a special
the

M1R pollee
and

passengers

_ation (which use automated

by

tickets

way no hawking in the form of smart

cards made by MrR's subsidiary Creative Star. , 'There wi 11 bE' smart cards in p IetC4;_? 'for D~?l hi 1'1etrr:), specia I a Delhi Police Cell as Io'u:'ll as a fine f or littF'I~jliq" Mr Rao said. "And you c~n L rry a briefcase but not the entire produce of the vegetable s~id. The madu~t with DMRC Project
')iOU.

Smokinq~ etnd Planl.1ng

too. is nul of the queslion" he dirPltor h~rl ~ few words for the

pessimists out there as well. "We have to believe in ourselves •... reople m~y be pessimistic of Dur efforts t.o 'iet internat1o!)",} a:;tandards but we an? cnmmjtted alS well as optimistic about it," Mr Hao S,;i(id. Init_ially~the Uelh,i. 1'1etl'-Co 10'11.\1ha,,'f.? fares ~?O per cent. higher than -those for buses. Breaking development even and
in

terms of c! st
pr-Covisl,on

would

be aidp~ by property

fiH:il1.ty
acjvel'-tising,

Delhi
income

Me-tr'o. I'1rHMO said,
thrQI.\gh

at. St.i1tiQns en- at trMc~~side but at. pn;,>c:.en'l: t,'::'s, .interition~, no of deriving
ki(:Jo;"~ rental"'>. so:de of

commercial here which
The c:-cnd tl"'ial

property

abQve

its

depot~ should

all

which

r-esidential and is donp by the MTR

also sets Delhi Metro's runs and

up telecom first line

facilitips

and ATMs. by March
that

be completed

2002,
year.

s,::det'~· ,,'er-ificMtjpns

<;:Qnc.1ucted latPf'

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