New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today celebrated its 24th Foundation day at Metro Bhawan, New Delhi. The Former President of India, Sh. Pranab Mukherjee was Chief Guest of this celebration. The Additional Secretary of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Manoj Kumar and Chief Secretary of Delhi, Anshu Prakash were also graced the event.
Addressing the metro officials and other delegates, Pranab Mukherjee said, “Everyone who is a Delhitee, lives in Delhi, feels proud of an organisation, that is, DMRC. and the same has been possible due to the complete dedication of the employees, working in different sections of the organisation.”
“Individual excellence, we find many a times. But that excellence to be converted and combined into collective excellence is not easy. The secret of successful corporation management is to build up this team work. I am happy that DMRC, from the very beginning, has built up this team work and this team spirit is the root of the success of the Delhi Metro,” the former President said.
“We have witnessed phenomenal growth from Phase 1 which was about 65 kilometres to over 252 kilometres now. In the next one year, we will add another 100 kilometres. This is indeed remarkable and makes DMRC one of the largest Metro networks in the world”, Chief Secretary of Delhi, Anshu Prakash said.
“Delhi Metro has indeed played a stellar role in the growth of Metro rail network in Delhi and NCR and its massive expansion and popularity in less than two decades of operations tells a great story of people centric policies, timely implementation, hard work and an unending drive to address the transportation issues of the vast agglomeration, that is Delhi,” the Additional Secretary of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Manoj Kumar.
DMRC’s Managing Director, Mangu Singh, in his welcome address, informed that in the last one year, Delhi Metro had opened about 40 kilometres of new lines across three different corridors and another 35 kilometres of new sections were now ready for operations.
On this occasion, the annual Managing Director’s Awards were also given away to the deserving winners by the former President, Sh. Mukherjee. The Kashmere Gate Metro station was adjudged the ‘Best Metro Station’ and Sh. Pawan Kumar, Senior Station Controller was honoured with the ‘Metro Person of the Year’ award. Smt. Renu Sharma, Assistant Section Engineer/ Rolling Stock received the “Metro Woman of the Year” award. Besides them another 43 employees of DMRC and one employee of the Delhi Police received the Managing Director’s Award for meritorious performance.