Modi flags off new Metro line between Delhi, Haryana

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Jun 2018 08:31:27



CALLING the Delhi Metro’s Green Line to Haryana a “gateway to development”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off the Mundka (Delhi)-Bahadurgarh (Haryana) section through video conference.
In his inaugural speech, Modi emphasised how the Metro has had a positive impact in Delhi-NCR region and will “facilitate an ease of living and travel in Haryana’s Bahadurgarh in the same way”.

“After Gurugram and Faridabad, Bahadurgarh is the third largest area to be connected to Delhi. With the opening of Mundka-Bahadurgarh section, the Metro is now covering 26 km in Haryana. It will prove to be a big help for students and businessmen to travel between Delhi and Haryana,” he said.

The route has seven elevated stations in total, of which four are in Delhi (Mundka Industrial Area, Ghevra, Tikri Kalan and Tikri Border) and three in Haryana (Modern Industrial Estate, Bus Stand and City Park).
Modi said the Metro used at least “75 per cent India-made products and equipment”.

“We have started building Metro coaches in the country. The Central Government has set up advanced plants in Vadodara and Chennai,” he said.
Modi also advocated the need of integrating transport system in India. “Earlier, every state used to work in its own way. All the decisions were made by State Governments, Ministers and Departments and that’s why there was no policy for work related to metro.

“But under the 2017 Metro policy, all these issues will be addressed. No matter where metro is made, a set standard will decide on how things will work,” he said. He also mentioned a “regional rapid transport system”, which will connect Delhi to Sonipat, Alwar and Rohtak in the coming days.

PM nod to panel to lay down standards for metro rail systems: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday approved a proposal to set up a committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in the country. The committee will be headed by E Sreedharan, also known as the “Metro Man”, official sources said here.
A retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer, Sreedharan has served as the Managing Director of Delhi Metro from 1995 to 2012.

Modi said his Government’s priority was to build convenient, comfortable and affordable urban transport systems.

“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 said in his address. He also said 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.