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It is estimated that 60% of India will be living in urban areas by 2050. Our Urban transportation infrastructure needs significant investments and upgradation to meet the travel needs of the increasing urban population. Metro rail systems offer a high capacity solution to fulfil users’ travel demands, particularly in Cities with longer trip lengths concentrated along high demand corridors.

India had been lagging behind countries like China and Japan in terms of its metro development. The country’s first metro in Kolkata opened in 1984, while the second one was launched in 2002 in New Delhi. After the success of Delhi Metro, many other Indian cities initiated the implementation of metro rail projects. As per the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) (previously known as Ministry of Urban Development), about 316 kms of Metro rail systems are under operation and more than 500 kms of Metro rail are under construction across the country.

Currently, 8 metro systems are operational in India and 3 new systems i.e. Hyderabad, Lucknow and Greater Noida, are likely to start operations in 2017. Some of the metro lines, like Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Pune are under construction. Additionally, around 20 other cities have prepared Detail Project Reports (DPRs) towards developing their own metro systems.

While Metro Rail is one of the most popular options for mass transport, it is important to highlight that the viability of metro projects depends on various parameters including correct strategic planning i.e. its ridership estimation and corridor selection, technologies adopted, capacity utilization, operational planning and acceptance of the mode by the commuters.


The seminar will seek to address the following key challenges faced by Indian metro systems:

  • Improving the network and operational efficiency of a metro system
  • Automating the Metro operations and Signaling system
  • Planning for the Operation and Maintenance of metro network
  • Integrating Metro ticketing with other modes of transport
  • Innovative Funding and Financing Models


UITP and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are jointly hosting the event in New Delhi, India. We cordially invite delegates to the “UITP India Seminar on Metro Rail Projects – A Future Perspective” to be held on 15 December 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 their role in developing better mobility systems and creating more liveable cities in the country.




Invited Speakers


Day 1 – 15 December 2017 (Friday)

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 Systems and their role in Future Mobility  

Urban Rail Systems are gaining popularity around the world. Currently, majority of their development is happening in Asia, particularly 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 areas and Metro rail systems for cities. However, the sector is facing many challenges including land acquisition, funding and financing, technology upgradation etc. The panel of experts will share their views on the future of rail based public transport in Indian Cities and their key challenges.

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

12:00 – 13:00

Session II:  Optimising Operations and Maintenance Expenditure

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 yet facing any major maintenance or asset replacement issues. However, with the technology upgrading rapidly, metro system should make appropriate choices to optimise their maintenance costs. Further, the operational efficiency of the system can lead to significant improvement in its financial sustainability. Therefore, the session will feature presentations on optimizing both operations and maintenance of metro systems.

The session will consist of speakers from different parts 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 of India is planning to unveil its new Metro Rail Policy and a Metro Rail Act 2017 to promote the development of metro rail sector in India through private sector participation. However, given that the metro systems are capital intensive, it is difficult to recover the capital from traditional revenue sources like fares. There exists a need for alternative solutions including contributions from indirect beneficiaries, land value capture, leveraging on assets, debt structuring, tax waivers and subsidies etc. Further, the government should look for alternative solutions specific for the tier-II and tier-III cities.

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 Innovations - 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. Metro coach industry is undergoing major changes including automated driverless trains and smarter train communication through wireless signalling. Further, there is an increasing usage of Information Technology (IT), data analytics and Business analytics to enhance customer experience, including network efficiency, integrated ticketing & inter-operability of different networks. 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 December 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 (E: bala.bhaskar@uitp.org / M: +91 99638 56545). The last date for registration is December 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 November 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 December 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 December 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


Invited Speakers