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‘Achievements of Delhi Metro unparalleled'

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro railway will remain the Central Government's priority even in the face of a general resource crunch and increasing expenditure on account of funding other metros, said Union Urban Development Secretary M. Ramachandran here on Monday.
Speaking at the 16th Foundation Day of Delhi Metro, Mr. Ramachandran added: “Despite the resource crunch due to upcoming metro projects in other cities, completion of Delhi Metro projects has been the Government's priority.”
Mr. Ramachandran, who is also the Chairman of Delhi Metro, said that with the completion of the ongoing Phase II constructions the Delhi Metro would become the only one in the world to have successfully covered 125 km in four-and-a-half years.
He described Delhi Metro's achievements as unparalleled and praised it for completing works in time and within the allotted budget. Referring to its growing reach, he said in the next few months, ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Delhi will get an additional another 75 km of metro network.
Maximum benefit
Mr. Ramachandran said though the metro has already added 110.49 km to its network in recent years, the system will be of maximum benefit to citizens when every part of the city is connected to the metro network.
Referring to Phase III of the network, he said the Government had received proposals for the next phase. He pointed out that with the expenses of the next phase likely to be huge, the Government is currently examining the process of garnering resources for the project that is expected to cover another 84 km.
Director (Electrical) Satish Kumar said Delhi Metro's financial growth was 31 per cent in the previous fiscal and by January 2011 the network is expected to add another 200 trains to its existing fleet.
He said during the past year the metro added a record 42 km to its network, which is the highest addition in any single year since its inception.
He also pointed to the introduction of new technologies in its services to provide better facilities to commuters. “The successful inauguration of India's first standard gauge metro corridor from Inderlok to Mundka is one such achievement which will pave the way for easier adaptation to new metro technologies in the future as most metro systems around the world run on standard gauge,” he said.
Annual awards were also presented to 30 employees for their outstanding contribution to the metro. R. K. Raghav, Group Station Manager of Central Secretariat and Patel Chowk metro stations, was declared the “Metro Man” of the year 2009-10. Dilshad Garden station was adjudged the “Best Metro Station”.
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