On this past Thursday, Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha launched “I-Metros” – an association of all Indian metro rail companies / operators to exchange ideas and best practices at the “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence” conference held at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s Metro Bhawan headquarters. The event was attended by DMRC’s Managing Director and representatives from all other metro operators.
As per the Government of India’s press release –
The platform will be a forum for exchange of ideas, pooling of knowledge and sharing of experience, best practices, innovations etc. among the Indian Metro Rail companies to nurture excellence in performance.
Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Sinha said that suggestion for such a common platform for idea and experience sharing for all the Metros had come from the Prime Minister himself and that he was glad to see considerable progress in this direction. He expressed confidence that‘I-METROS’ will go a long way if it progresses in the right way in terms of sharing of best practices and adoption of the latest technologies.
As per DMRC’s press release –
The objective of forming this association is to provide a common platform for all Metro rail companies for sharing experience, information, best practices, innovations etc. This association will also undertake and promote techno-economic studies and research. It will safeguard the interest and rights of metro rail companies and will be resource tank of information for decision making. This society will be registered under Society Registration Act-1860.
No further details on the association’s structure, future road-map or meeting schedule (weekly, monthly or worst case annually) have been released.
My thoughts – It was about time an association like this was formed. Until now, ideas have cross-pollinated unofficially only at an individual level (when employees switch jobs), through engineering/consultancy firms who’ve worked on different projects, and through operators like the DMRC which has performed the initial leg-work to develop metro lines in Jaipur, Kochi and Mumbai.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this initiative as there’s a lot to learn on things related to effective station design & accessibility, public relations and last mile connectivity so that operators do not repeat the same mistakes or stumble along the way as the others did. It would also be appreciated if representatives from established operators leave their huge egos at the door as that has led to major friction and severed relations between different operators in the past.
I’ll set a calendar reminder for myself to revisit this topic in exactly a year from now – hopefully there’ll be something good to share.
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