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Urban transportation infrastructure in India needs big investment and a massive upgradation. It is estimated by various studies that 60% of Indians will be living in urban areas by 2050. Metro is emerging as key solutions to fulfil demand for urban transportation in India. 

India had been lagging behind other countries in terms of metro development. The country’s first metro in Kolkata opened in 1984, the second New Delhi, launched in 2002. After the success of Delhi Metro, lots of Indian cities are exploring the option to implement metro rail project across the country. As per Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), about 316 kilometres of Metro rail is under operation and more than 500 kms of Metro rail is under construction across the country.

Currently, 8 metro systems are operational in India and 3 new systems will become operation by 2017, mainly Hyderabad, Lucknow and Greater Noida. Some of the metro lines, like Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Pune are under construction.

Around 20 cities have prepared Detail Project Reports (DPRs). Metro Rail is one of the most popular options for mass transport but it is important to highlight that the viability of metro projects depends on a correct planning, ridership estimation and corridor selection, adapted technology, capacity utilization, operation scenarios and acceptance of the mode by the commuters


The seminar will try to address the following areas:

  • Improve the network and operational efficiency of metro network
  • Automated Metro and Signaling system
  • Operation and Maintenance of metro network
  • Ticketing integration with other modes of transport
  • Innovative Funding and Financing Model


UITP and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) together organizing the event in New Delhi and cordially invite the delegates to the “UITP India Seminar on Metro Rail Projects – A Future Perspective” to be held in New Delhi, India on November 15, 2017. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is delighted to be the local host for this event.

The Seminar will provide an insight into the current status of metro projects in India and its roles for developing better mobility system and liveable cities in the country.


Day 1 – 15 November 2017 (Wednesday)

09:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:45

Opening Session: Inauguration

Opening Remarks: UITP representative

Welcome Address: DMRC Limited

Inauguration by Chief Guest

Address by Special Guest

Key Note Address

Vote of Thanks: DMRC Limited

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break and Networking

11:00 – 12:00

Panel Discussion – Development of Urban Rail System and It’s role in Future Mobility  

Urban Rail System is gaining popularity around the world. Currently, major development is happening in Asia, mainly in China and India. Government of India is also promoting the development of rail based transport system including High Speed Railways, Rapid Rail Transit System for suburban and Metro rail system for cities. However, the sector is facing lots of challenges including land acquisition, funding and financing, technology upgradation etc. The panel of experts from key sectors will share their views on the future of rail based public transport and key challenges.

The panel will consist of experts from Government of India, UITP, International Experts and key officials from India. 

12:00 – 13:00

Technical Session 1 :  Operation and OPEX Optimisation

As per UITP Metro Statistics (2015), there are 169 metro systems in the world, out of which 81 systems are more than 30 years old. The oldest metro system in India is Kolkata metro but Delhi Metro, started in 2002, is currently the largest metro network in the country. The metro rail development is still in its early stage in India. Thus, the cities are not facing any major maintenance or assets replacement issue. However, the technology is upgrading very fast. Thus, the metro system should make appropriate choice of technology. Further, there is need to bring operational efficiency to improve financial sustainability. The chair will share the sub-committee work and key findings.

The session will consist of speakers from different part of the world, including Asia, Europe, India and North America. 

13:15 – 14:00

Lunch Break and Networking

14:00 – 15:30

Session III: Innovative Financing Model for Public Transport 

The government is planning to unveil new Metro Rail Policy and Metro Rail Act 2017 to promote the development of metro rail sector in India. The government is looking to promote the participation of private sector. However, the metro systems are capital intensive projects and it is difficult to recover the capital from fare revenue. There is need for financially sustainable solutions including debt structuring, tax waivers and subsidies etc. Further, the government should look for alternative solutions for tier-II and tier-III solutions.

The session will consist of speakers from UITP, Hong Kong, Europe and other regions. 

15:30 – 15:45

Coffee Break and Networking

 15:45 – 17:15

Session IV: Urban Rail Innovation - Best Practices

Urban rail operators have changed from a single line to a multiline network. The network operations have undergone quantitative and qualitative changes, and operations management is facing rapid internal and external changes. There is increasing use of IT system to enhance customer experience, including inter-operability of different network. Further, there is need for integration of different modes of transport to provide seamless journey experience to customers.

The session will consist of experts from South East Asia, Europe, North America and India.

17:15 – 17:30

Closing and Valedictory Session


Day II – 16 November 2017 (For registered members only)

10:30 – 11:30

Visit to Phase III line – Driverless Train (Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden)

12:00 – 13:00

Visit to Operations Control Centre - Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC)



Registration to the Seminar on “UITP India Seminar on Metro Rail Projects – A Future Perspective” is open to UITP members and non-members. Please send the enclosed registration form duly filled-in by post or fax or by e-mail to Bala Bhaskar Chillara, Consultant, UITP Bengaluru. The last date for registration is November 05, 2017.

The following fee is applicable for the participants of the Seminar and the payment should be made in INR by Indian delegates through DD addressing and by Euro by Overseas delegates





INR 10,000

INR 15,000

Foreign Delegates

EUR 350

EUR 500

Note: 25% discount shall be provided to participants who register on or before 15 October 2017.

Payment Procedure

·     All the domestic delegates can make the registration fee payment through DD drawn in favor of “Union International Des Transports Publics” Payable at Bengaluru.

·     The registration fee payment by the overseas delegates may be made through bank transfer to the following account.

·     All bank charges are to be borne by the delegates.


UITP Bank Account Reference:

Account Name:

Union International Des Transports Publics

Bank Name:                           

Syndicate Bank

Branch Address:

KSRTC Depot, K. H. Road, Bangalore 560027

MICR code of the Bank:


Account Number: 




Swift Code:



Terms and Conditions

  • Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of your registration form.
  • Deadline for registration is November 05, 2017 and after that delegates will have to register on the spot.
  • Full payment must be made along with the registration or just after the registration but before November 05, 2017.
  • After receipt of the fee, a confirmation letter will be issued to the delegates.
  • Delegates are requested to bring the confirmation letter to the Seminar and present it at the registration counter as a proof of their registration.
  • No registration cancellation applies. A substitute colleague will be accepted provided the organizers receive written notice.
  • Delegates who wish to receive an invitation for their VISA application are requested first to pay the participation fee and send a copy of their passport to the attention of the personnel indicated below. Request for letter of invitations may be sent along with the registration form. Should the delegate not be granted his / her VISA, the participation fee will be reimbursed (less bank charges) on providing a proof from the Embassy or Consulate. This proof is to be sent to the attention of the personnel indicated above.
  • All speakers and topics are correct at the time of printing, Organizers reserve the right to substitute and cancel or alter the contents and timings of the program for reasons beyond their control.
  • Organizers reserve the right to make any amendment to the Seminar details without prior notice.
  • UITP reserves the right to make amendments to the programme or any related activities at its discretion.

Practical information: 


Auditorium (Ground Level)

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd

Fire Brigade Lane, Barakhamba Road,

New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Phone: 011 2341 7910



For sponsorship and registeration queries, please contact:

Mr. Bala Bhaskar, Consultant

Tel: +91 80 2295 2555 | Mob: +91- 9963856545

Email: bala.bhaskar@uitp.org