The Indian metro rail network is one of the fastest growing developments which took place in recent times. From just eight kms in 2002 to 425 kms at present, the length of metro rail corridors across the different parts of the country is increasing at a much faster pace with many cities already opted for this transit system.
Now in a recent event, the Housing and Urban minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that in the coming years, the Indian metro rail system is expected to cross 700 kms. He said, “As of now 425 kms of metro lines are operational, in 10 different cities across the country and we are expecting more to come in next few years. “
He also called for the need to devise technologies that would help in constructing and operating metro systems in a sustainable manner in the country.
In addition to this, regional rail transit systems are also being planned to decongest the cities, the minister said.
In 2002, when the Delhi metro rail line was started no one has ever thought that it will become the lifeline of the city. Speaking more about the Delhi metro rail system, he said that the city’s lifeline has currently an operational network of 231 kms and it is carrying three million people every day. He also expressed confidence that within a year, the network length in the National Capital Region would cross the 350 kms.