New Delhi: It’s another first for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation — a museum dedicated to the metro railway detailing its fascinating journey to this day from the time it was first envisaged way back in 1969. The Metro Museum at Patel Chowk railway station showcases the genesis, history and progress of the mass transit system that has changed the way Delhi travels.
Inspired by the Transport Museum in London, the Metro Museum has on display a collection of panels, historic photographs and assorted exhibits. “It traces the genesis of the Delhi Metro which took 32 years to reach the operational stage from the drawing boards, major milestones, issues regarding selection of technology such as rolling stock (trains) and rail gauge,” explains DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal. The museum provides an insight into the unique management style and work culture of DMRC that has helped it complete projects before time all along.
“The museum also includes details on the problems encountered during the construction process, including the story behind the construction of technological marvels such as the Chawri Bazaar station, which is the second deepest metro station in the world,” says Mr. Dayal.
A model of the Tunnel Boring Machine, soil samples collected from around the city and helmets of different colours used at construction sites and the prototype of the metro train also find a place in the museum.
“The museum has two touch screen computers that play the DMRC corporate movie and animations describing the way tunnel boring machines and launching girders used in elevated construction work,” said Mr. Dayal.
Visitors wishing to take back a slice of the metro can do so by purchasing memorabilia, a coffee table book, some pens with the metro inscription that have been put up for sale at the museum.
Curator services at the museum can be availed of from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors who are not travelling by the metro will have to buy entry tickets at the fare counters.
Stree Play Festival to Promote Metro Museum
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has organised a street play festival at select metro stations to woo tourists to visit Delhi Metro Museum.
The three-day-long festival, concluding today, has been organised at the Patel Chowk, Akshardham and INA Metro stations.
Through the street plays tourists are being informed about the main attractions of the Delhi Metro Museum at Patel Chowk, which is the only such museum of Metro railway in the entire South Asian region.
Patel Chowk, Akshardham and INA Metro stations have been selected for the shows since all these stations attract a number of tourists due to their proximity to major tourist spots in the city such as Jantar Mantar, Akshardham Temple and Delhi Haat.
Interesting information about the Metro museum is being disseminated through a very interesting play involving historical characters Akbar and Birbal.
Leaflets detailing information about the museum are also being simultaneously distributed to those watching the plays.
Journey of Delhi Metro on display
A specially made hand-crafted model of a Delhi Metro train was launched at the inauguration of a ten-day photo exhibition at Patel Chowk metro rail station here on Thursday. The exhibition commemorates the first anniversary of the Delhi Metro Museum at the station.
The exhibition, “Metro through the Lens”, has on display about 70 high-resolution photographs contributed by leading publications and newspapers. These photographs capture and depict the eventful journey of the metro over the years. While one of them shows the first metro train that rolled out in the Capital back in 2002, another captures moments inside the coaches.
“These photographs highlight the decade-long illustrious journey of the metro system that has changed the face of the national Capital. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from January 1 to 9,” said a Delhi Metro spokesperson.
Referring to the metro museum, he said: “On January 1, 2009, the Metro Museum, the first of its kind in South Asia, was presented as a New Year gift to the people of Delhi. A treasure trove of display panels, historical photographs and exhibits about the metro railway, the museum traces the genesis of the Delhi Metro which took 32 years to reach the operational stage from the drawing boards.”
The train model that was unveiled on Thursday is made of high-quality plastic and is covered by transparent acrylic plastic sheets. The model has been designed and hand-made keeping in mind all the minute details and specifications of the original metro train.
Priced rather steeply at Rs.10,000 apiece, the model is designed to cater mainly to connoisseurs who would want to treasure the metallic train memento as a souvenir.
“During the past one year the Metro Museum has been enriched with more exhibits and information. Working models of the Operational Control Centre and a Tunnel Boring Machine were installed and the train model already installed there was also illuminated. Specially designed metro tie-pins and cuff-links have also been put on sale at the souvenirs counter,” said the spokesperson.