Setting up of panel to lay down standards for metro rail systems approved

PM Modi green signals the proposal

A proposal to set up a committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in the country was approved on Sunday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The committee will be headed by E Sreedharan, official sources said in Delhi.

A retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer, Sreedharan has served as the managing director of Delhi Metro from 1995 to 2012.

Inaugurating Delhi Metro’s Mundka-Bahadurgarh section earlier on Sunay, 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.

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