Delhi Metro turns 21, celebrates 21st Foundation Day

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today celebrated its 21st foundation day here felicitating 43 of its employees for their performance in 2014-15 on Sunday.

Urban Development Secretary and DMRC chairman Madhusudan Prasad, who was the Chief Guest at a function here on the occasion, presented awards to 43 employees for their outstanding contribution to the metro rail service that has transformed commuter travel in the national capital region.

“Delhi Metro has changed the course of public transport in India. DMRC has maintained the reliability and punctuality of Metro services. The punctuality of the trains during 2014-15 remained 99.88 percent,” he said in his address at the function at the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi cantt.

To commemorate the occasion, a photo exhibition on the activities of the Delhi Metro was organised.

In his address, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said: “The scale of activity in the present phase of metro construction in the National Capital Region (NCR) has been enormous.” During the event, Singh listed the achievements of DMRC during last year and said the Corporation is taking additional efforts on the indigenisation of technologies involved in Metro operations in sync with the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

“On the operational front, additional statistics are now being taken not only for peak hour traffic but peak of peak hour traffic owing to the ever increasing ridership. Also, additional efforts are being made to stress on the indigenization of the technologies involved in Metro operations in sync with the ‘Make in India’ campaign of the government of India,” he said.

On the occasion, the Central Secretariat metro station was declared the “best metro station”.

A statement from the DMRC said that Mahesh Kumar received the metro person of the year award while Renu Dhillon was awarded the metro woman of the year award.

Popular music composer and singer Anand Raj Anand enthralled the audience with a cultural programme.

“Also, additional efforts are being made to stress on indigenisation of technologies involved in Metro operations in sync with the ‘Make in India’ campaign of the Government of India,” Singh said adding over 90 per cent of Rolling Stock procured by DMRC had been manufactured in India.

Singh said even as DMRC undertakes large scale development activities, the Corporation was committed to ensure the works do not add to pollution levels.

Prasad said Delhi Metro has “changed the course of public transport in India” and lauded DMRC saying it has maintained reliability and punctuality of services, which reported last year was 99.88 per cent.

Meanwhile, the corporation adjudged Mahesh Kumar (one of its station managers) as “Metro Person of the Year”, while “Metro Woman of the Year” award was given to Renu Dhillon. The Central Secretariat Metro station was named ‘Best Metro Station’.

Besides, 41 other employees including those from Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were felicitated.

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