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Activiteis In Regard to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

1.0     The first Metro Railway in India was constructed in Metropolitan City of Kolkata as a part of Indian Railways. The project was sanctioned by Ministry of railways in June 1972 for a length of about 17.0 kms between Dum Dum and Tollygunge. The work on Kalkata Metro was started in phases and stretches were progressively opened for public carriage of passengers from 24.10.1984 onwards. The through running of train services between Tollygunge and Dum Dum was finally started in September 1995. This Metro line has in all 17 stations, 15 of which are underground and 02 stations at extreme ends i.e. Dum Dum and Tollygunge are on surface. The train working was started on Absolute Block System with line side signals. Continuous Automatic Train Control System (CATC) is yet to be made fully operational.  This system is covered by the provisions of Railways Act, 1989.

2.0     While Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai have rail borne suburban systems for carrying commuters, Delhi does not have such a well defined rail borne suburban system and depends almost entirely on buses as its sole mode of mass public transport system.  It was in September 1996 that the Government of India approved the taking up of Phase-I of Delhi Mass Rapid Transit System(MRTS) Project through a Government owned company viz. Delhi Metro Railway Corporation(DMRC) Ltd. This Corporation is equally owned by Government of India and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. To facilitate the construction work of Kolkata Metro Railway, the Metro Railway(Construction & Works) Act 1978 was enacted by the Parliament. This Act contained the provision for its extension to other Metropolitan Cities, through issue of a notification in the official gazette by the central Government and in pursuance of the aforesaid provision, the Metro Railways(Construction & Works) Act 1978 was extended to the City of Delhi vide notification no. 22 dated 05.06.2000.

2.1    However, there was no such provision in Kolkata Metro Railway (Operation & Maintenance) temporary provisions Act 1985 for its extension to other Metropolitan Cities. Therefore, a separate Act "Delhi Metro Railway(Operation & Maintenance) Act 2002" was enacted by the Parliament and was published in the Gazette of India vide Notification No. 72 dated 18.12.2002.

3.0   The aforesaid Delhi Metro Railway(Operation & Maintenance) Act 2002 vide its Section 7, provides that the Central Government may appoint one or more commissioners of Metro Railway Safety. The duties and functions of the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety   are given in  various Sections of this Act, which  mainly pertain to the opening of the new Metro Railway, use of new   type of rolling stock, sanction of new minor works on already opened Metro railway and investigation of accidents etc. These are very similar to the provisions in Railways Act, 1989 for Commissioner of Railway Safety.

3.1 Section 12 of the Delhi Metro(O&M) Act also provide for preparation of Annual Report by the Commissioner for each financial year giving a full account of his activities during the previous financial year and forwarding the same to Central government who shall cause the Annual Report of the Commissioner to be laid, after its receipt, before each House of Parliament under Section 13 of the Act.

4.0   Delhi Metro Railway being a very small segment of the over all area of functioning of the Commission of Railway Safety, it was decided vide Ministry of Civil Aviation's letter no. A.11013/1/02-RS dated 13.12.2002 that Shri G. P. Garg, the then Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northern Circle will also act as Commissioner of Metro railway Safety for Delhi Metro. The activities of the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northern Circle in regard to Delhi Metro at present are only a small portion of his total functions and a separate Annual Report of the Commissioner will not be a viable document for presentation before the Parliament, during the first few years till it grows big enough to be reported upon separately. It is with this view that the Annual Report on Delhi Metro is being presented as a part of the Annual Report of the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety.

5.0   As quoted in the literature of Delhi Metro Railway Corporation Ltd., the population of Delhi has increased from 5.7 millions in 1981 to 9.7 millions in 1991 and 13.7 millions in 2001.  It is perhaps the only city of its size in the world, which depends almost entirely on buses as its sole mode of mass public transport.  Bus services are inadequate and heavily overloaded.   This has led to the proliferation of personalized vehicles so much so that the number of motor vehicles which was a little more than half a million in 1981 has increased to about 04 millions, resulting into congestion, slower speeds and increase in road accidents, fuel and man hour wastage, pollution and environmental damage. 

5.1    To handle such a mammoth population and its exponential growth rate, a Technical Economic Study was carried out by M/s RITES in the year 1990, at the instance of Delhi Govt. and in pursuance of the Cabinet decision a Detailed Project Report (DPR) was completed by them during the year 1995. In their feasibility report of 1990, M/s RITES had recommended Integrated Multi Model Mass Rapid Transport System( IMMRTS) for Delhi comprising of three components viz. Rail Corridors (Surface/Elevated), Metro Corridors (Underground) and dedicated bus way, for a total network of 184.5 kms. The network was later proposed to be extended to connect Vasant Kunj, an additional length of 14 kms, increasing the length of total network to 198.5 kms. The study recommended implementation of network in 16 sections, in a sequence based on traffic density. The recommended first phase project of 67.5 km comprised of 02 Metro Corridors, 02 Rail Corridors and a Bus Way. 

6.0       At the DPR stage in 1995, M/s RITES made certain changes in the first phase network including the change of Bus Way to Metro Corridor. The first phase network was further modified on the advice of Ministry of Urban Affairs & Employment and Govt. of National capital Territory of Delhi, and it was reduced to a length of 55.3 kms due to various constraints. The Govt. of India gave its approval for taking up the Phase-I of Delhi MRTS project in Sept. 1996 as under:

(i)    Metro Corridor

Vishwavidyalaya - Central Secretariat                 11.0 kms

(ii)        Surface Corridor (Partly elevated/partly of the ground)

(a)         Shahdara to Nangloi                 25.0 kms

(b)         Subzi Mandi  to Holambi Kalan               19.3 kms

 Total                                                                          55.3 kms

6.1 The sections in Phase-I of the project underwent further reviews and the latest Phase-I, approved by the Union Cabinet, comprises of the following three lines: -

Line No. Section Length (Kms) No. of Stations  
Line No. 1 Shahdara Inderlok Rithala 22.00 18
  Line No. 2 Vishwavidyalaya Central Sectt. 11.00 10
  Line No. 3 Indra Prastha - Barakhamba Road Connaught Place Dwarka 25.60 25
    Extension of Line-3 into Dwarka Sub-city* 6.50 6
    Total 65.10 59

This section is being funded by DDA as Deposit works at a cost of Rs.320 crores 

7.0     The capital cost of Phase-I is Rs.6,000 crores (60 billions) at April 96 price level. However, taking into account the element of escalation during construction period of 7 years, the completion cost excluding taxes and duties has been estimated at Rs.10,570 crores (105.7 billions). This does not include the cost of line 3 extensions in to Dwarka Subcity (Rs.320 Cr) being funded by DDA.  Of this cost, 28% is to be borne by the Central Government and Delhi Government equally in the form of Equity contribution in DMRC, about 64% is to be covered by a soft loan from Japan Bank of International Corporation (JBIC), 5% (which represents the cost of land) is to be met through an interest free subordinate loan to DMRC by the two Governments in equal proportion. The balance 3% of the cost is to be met by DMRC through property development for commercial use.

7.1   To assist the DMRC in in the implementation of this project, a consortium of five international firms headed by Pacific Consultants International (PCI) of Japan has been appointed as General Consultants for the project. The other members of the consortium are Parsons Brinkerhoff International, INC., Japan Railway. Technical service, Tonichi Engineering Consultants, INC., and Rail India Technical and economic Services (RITES) Ltd. 

8.0     Construction work of Delhi Metro Rail project commenced on 1st October 1998 and is proceeding really at a brisk pace all along the three corridors, which are expected to be completed by the end 2005. The project is slated to introduce the state of the art technologies comparable with any other international metro project.

8.1    The main objective of long overdue Delhi MRTS project is to provide a non-polluting, efficient, safe and affordable rail based  Mass Rapid Transit System for Delhi, duly integrated with other modes of transport. The expected ridership in the year 2005, when Phase-I is targeted to be completed, is 2.2 million commuter trips per day, thus taking away equal number of trips from the roads of Delhi. As per DMRC's official Souvenir Book released on 24th December 2002, the first phase when completed will translate into: -

(i)       siphoning off 2,600 buses from Delhi roads. 

(ii)      Increase in average speed of buses from present 10.50 kmph to 14 kmph. 

(iii)      Reduction in road accidents, thus protecting human life and financial     saving of rupees 800 millions.

(iv)      Substantial reduction in vehicle generated atmospheric pollution,

(v)       Saving  of fuel worth Rs. 3.80 billions each year. 

(vi)      More comfortable and safe travel for commuters and improvement in overall     quality of life.

(vii)   50 to 75 % reduction in journey time and thus saving of approximate Rs 6.0 billions per year and 2.0 millions man hours per day in term of passenger traveling time.

(viii)    A net socio-economic benefit of Rs. 43.7 millions per day for the city. 

9.0     The first leg of Shahdara - Rithala - Line 1 of Phase-I project, the 8.349 km long double line electrified Shahdara - Tis Hazari Section (designated as Rl) was inspected on 15th -16th December 2002 with a view to assess its fitness for opening to commuter services and DMRC was authorized to operate the services with the imported coaches on 19.12.2002.

10.0  The Commissioner had interacted with DMRC authorities from time to time right from the construction stage and while conducting oscillation trials of the coaches on its track in November 2002. The activities of the Commission in regard to Delhi Metro upto 31.03.2004 were as under:-

1. Statutory inquiries of serious accidents as per section 39 of Delhi Metro Railway (O&M) Act, 2002 (a)
Statutory inquiries conducted by Commissioners.
(b) Important Remarks & Recommendations made arising out of (a) above. No such accident occurred on Delhi Metro.
2. Statutory Inspections of Lines by Commissioners authorizing passenger services. (a)
New Lines
22.06 Km.
(b) Doublings 22.06 Km.
(c) Electrifications 44.12 Km.
3. Sanctions accorded by the Commission (a)
Sanctioning of Proposals involving execution of New Minor Works. NIL
(b) Condonation of cases involving infringements to Schedule of Dimensions. NIL
(c) Sanctioning of cases involving Movement of Overdimensioned Consignments NIL
(d) Sanctioning cases involving running of new types of Rolling Stock on sections of railways where they were not in use NIL
4. Proposals recommendedby the Commission to the Railway Board (a)
Applications for condonation of infringements to the Schedule of Dimensions
12 Nos.
5. Inspections of Govt. Railways (a) Periodic inspections 22.06 Km.

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