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A K Bhattacharya: Bringing Delhi Metro up to speed

The mass rapid transport system has been slipping both in terms of meeting project deadlines and revising its fare structure. Listing it on the stock exchange is one way to enforce financial and project discipline

A K Bhattacharya

A little over 20 years ago, a company was formed to build and operate a mass rapid transport system in Delhi. The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation was thus born and in about seven years launched its inaugural service, though on a very short stretch across the Yamuna - from Shahdara to Tis Hazari. That was on December 25, 2002. Execution of projects was a skill that Delhi Metro acquired with apparent ease fairly early in its existence. Its first phase of 65 kilometres was completed two years and nine months ahead of schedule - a feat rarely achieved by any company in India, let alone a ...