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Transport infrastructure is one of the most important factors for a country’s progress. With rapid Industrialization, Urbanization, Globalization and concentration of large population in urban centers, the cities and towns are growing at a faster pace, for which the metro rail projects are playing a crucial role not only as a transportation solution but as a means to transform cities. The government is providing financial support in implementation of metro rail projects by way of Equity and Subordinate Debt as well as well as sovereign guarantee for multilateral and bilateral loans. However, there are numerous areas for which indigenous standards need to be formulated. These are layout of metro station, platforms, signage & displays, size of tunnels, fire protection systems, disaster management systems, environment friendly and waste management systems, standards for solar panels at stations etc. These indigenous standards will ensure that metro rail sub systems for all new metro projects conform to the prescribed standards thus incentivizing manufacturers to plan for long term investments in the country and set up manufacturing units. This will also bring down cost of the metro rail constructions and operation. For this purpose, a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Sh. E. Sreedharan for Standardization and Indigenization in Metro Rail with the following members:

1. Dr. E. Sreedharan — Chairman

2. Sh. H.S. Anand, (for Rolling Stock) — Former Director, Rolling Stock, DMRC

3. Sh. Sameer Lohani, (for Rolling Stock) — Executive Director (Carriage), RDSO, Indian Railways

4. Sh. D. K. Sinha, (for signalling) — Director, Operations, Kochi Metro Rail

5. Sh. Jitendra Tyagi, (for Civil Engineering) — MD, Dehradun Metro, Uttrakhand

6. Sh. Vipul Kumar, (Track & Civil Structure) — Executive Director, Track Modernisation, Railway Board

7. Prashanth Rao (Automatic Fare Collection System) — Director Systems, Ahmedabad Metro

8. Anoop Gupta (Traction, Power Supply, Ventilation) — Director, Electrical, DMRC

9. Sh. Mukund Kumar Sinha, (Member Secretary) — OSD (UT) and Ex Officio Joint Secretary, MoHUA

The committee is expected to submit its report in 3 months. After 3 months, based on specific task of standardization, Dr. Sreedharan could co-opt the relevant expert members for the task for a specified period of time.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs