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Metro Rail India Summit 2019 proves to be a resounding success

The 8th edition of the annual conference saw the metro rail community engage in a robust conversation about the way forward for India’s urban transport industry

The conference included panel discussions between key decision makers.
The conference included panel discussions between key decision makers.

As India prepares to scale up and surge ahead on the economic front, more and more focus is being paid to infrastructure building across the country. A key part of this activity happens to revolve around urban mobility solutions. With millions of people commuting across India’s burgeoning metro cities on a daily basis, this is a critical piece of the puzzle. The Government has taken note and is augmenting the current transport network with multiple metro rail lines in these cities. While much has been achieved, there is certainly a long way to go. To deliberate on the best practices that are in play and those that need to be employed, Construction Week put together the 8th edition of its Metro Rail India Summit

The much successful event saw metro rail operators, contractors, systems providers and consultants from across the length and breadth of the country in attendance at The Lalit, New Delhi, on March 14, 2019. The day-long event covered important facets such as operation & maintenance, advancements in technology, safety, project management, skilled manpower, environment, policy, and project finance, each critical to the metro rail industry. The conference included industry presentations and panel discussions between key decision makers, who addressed a packed house of delegates from within the fraternity.

During his captivating keynote address, HK Raghu, ED, Urban Transport and High Speed, RDSO, gave a comparison of 14 metro rail systems that RDSO has certified till date, explaining how each one is unique in terms of use of technology. On the other hand, Pravin Darade, additional municipal commissioner (projects), BMC, spoke about the phenomenal achievements of the MMRDA in furthering the goal of creating a full-fledged and much-needed mass transport network in the bustling city of Mumbai.

The first panel discussion on operations saw metro rail operators and systems providers discuss how India can deliver sustainable transport and ensure better operations at these mega projects. With metro rail operators, consultants and a contractor in conversation, the projects panel made for an engaging session on the subject of how projects are being delivered in different parts of the country. The last panel discussion was the focal point of the day, with the who’s who of the industry, representing some of India’s biggest metro rail projects, leaving the audience enthralled during this robust discussion regarding the building of some of the most significant projects, including the metro rail network in Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow and Jaipur.

The conference also provided ample networking opportunities, in addition to felicitating some of the biggest names in the business for their outstanding contribution to the Indian metro rail industry.

Look out for the entire report in the upcoming issue of Construction Week.

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