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Delhi to have Metro station every 500 m: Sreedharan

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 22 (UNI) Delhi Metro Rail Corp MD E Sreedharan today said his mission is that Delhi Metro covers 400 km in the capital by 2020.

Speaking at a conference on 'Brand Delhi, What does it represent?', he said it was my mission that by 2020, Delhi Metro would cover 400 km in the city and there would be a metro station within 500 metres of the residence of every citizen.

While upgrading the tailway network of Delhi including ring railway, and expanding the role of Integrated Rail-cum-Bus Transit, and cleaning of Yamuna river were his other wishes, he added.

Delhi chapter of Confederation of Indian Industry, which organised the conference, also felicitated Dr Sreedharan on the occasion.

Chief Guest at the function Delhi Chief Secretary S Regunathan hailed the 'Metro man', and said apart from the Delhi Metro, his most significant contribution had been the refreshing culture of professional work and discipline.

Quoting from his Melbourne experience, Mr Regunathan said the single most important factor that made the Melbourne Games a success was the huge numbers of volunteers, involvement of senior citizens and discipline.

He urged the CII, along with the central government, to start the process by conducting workshops to make sure the 2010 Commonwealth Games were organised well and turn out to be a big success.

Whatever physical resources could be build, we would have in Delhi but to have a true 'Brand Delhi', we needed a caring, compassionate and disciplined Delhi, he added.

Earlier, CII Delhi State Council Chairman A K Kaul said it was high time that the city started a proactive process of branding, if it wanted to be on international mindmap.

Quoting excerpts from a short survey that CII Delhi had conducted on Brand Delhi, he said the people loved Delhi's accepting culture and saw it as a city that had something for everybody.

But sadly, it was also a city without natives. Delhi was a city where its citizens did not consider it as home, and unless that happened, Delhi's growth and development would be hindered.

CII (Northern Region) Chairman Ajay Shriram said Delhi's USP would be a combination of the historical and cultural heritage of Delhi, and its strong advantages in healthcare, potential for tourism, retail and the education edge.

An opinion poll revealed that 75 per cent audience thought that Delhi's best feature was its improved Metro and flyovers; almost 80 per cent said more than infrastructure, the law and order and discipline needed to be improved for a meaningful brand of Delhi and almost unanimously, people thought that Delhi would be well prepared to host the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

CII Delhi also launched an initiative for a Safe Delhi, in association with an NGO Jagori on the occasion.

Prominent among those who spoke at the conference included Max Healthcare's Dr Narottam Puri, NDTV's Vikram Chandra and weight management expert Dr Shikha Sharma.


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