Addressing the seminar on ‘Status of Metro Rail on 100 Years of India’s Independence’ organized during the three-day ‘New Urban India Conclave, 2021’ in Lucknow at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan on Wednesday (6 October), Durga Shankar Mishra, secretary, urban and housing affairs, said that ‘made in India’ Metro coaches are being exported to Canada and Australia.
“No one In India believed that Metro services would be such a big success . Our history of the Metro is only 25-years-old but today, under the ‘Make in India policy, our indigenously made Metro coaches are being exported to Canada and Australia,” said Durga Shankar Mishra.
The top government official stressed that when India celebrates hundred years of Independence, the country should be self-reliant in every aspect related to Metro construction and also be able to meet the needs of other countries, reports Hindustan Times.
“Metro is the need of urban transport and after 25 years from today, when 100 years of independence will be completed, then Metro will have achieved expansion in at least 100 cities of the country, extending the network up to 5,000 kms,” he added.
In India, 721 km of Metro network is operational in 18 cities, and further, construction work is presently undergoing on 1,058 km route length of new Metro network in 27 cities.