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Transport infrastructure is one of the most important factors for a country's progress. To keep this faster pace, for moving people, urban rail projects are playing a crucial role not only as a transportation solution but as a means to transform cities. 52.8% of India's population would be living in cities and towns by mid-century compared to 32.8% in 2015, i.e. more than 750 million inhabitants.

Urban rail networks are expanding in Indian cities, as these are becoming key lifeline for the cities. Currently, 490 km of metro lines are operational in 10 different cities in the country. More than 600 km of metro rail projects are under construction in various cities. Further, It is expected that more than 350 km of new construction will be started in the next few years as more and more cities are planning for expansion or new constructions of metro rail. The average budget outlay of Govt. of India is likely to increase to about INR 250 billion annually, apart from the investments envisaged by the state governments, private partners and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). Government of India has sanctioned at least INR 306.53 billion to Metro projects across the country between the periods of 2012-16.

Various other steps have been taken for the systematic and sustainable growth of urban rail projects in the country. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has framed a new Metro Rail Policy to promote ‘Make in India’ initiative and ‘Private Participation’ in metro rail projects. MoHUA is now pushing for the Standardisation and Indigenization of future metro rail projects in India. 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. There is need to explore other modes of choice include light rail operation and trolley buses in tier-II and tier-III cities.

Key Objectives

The seminar will try to address the following areas:

  • Improve the network planning and decision-making
  • Improve operational efficiency of metro network
  • Technology Innovation in urban rail sector
  • Technology alternative to metros
  • 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 Urban Rail Network – Building Sustainable Cities” to be held in New Delhi, India on December 14, 2018. 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.



Past Edition – Metro Seminar 2017

"Metro Rail Projects - A Future Perspective" a seminar organised by UITP India with support from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was held on 15-16 December 2017 in New Delhi. The event witnessed participation from 10 countries 20 speakers and 120 delegates representing authorities, municipal corporations, metro operators (public and private), rolling stock companies, new mobility players and other industry players.






Day 1 – 14 December 2018 (Friday)

09:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:00

Opening Session: Inauguration (Auditorium)

  • Opening Remarks: Jerome Pourbaix, Director Regional Offices & Services, UITP Brussels
  • Welcome Address: Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC Limited
  • Address by: Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, UITP Brussels
  • Inaugration: Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, GoI
  • Vote of Thanks: KK Saberwal, Director (Finance), DMRC Limited

11:00 – 11:45

Coffee Break and Networking

11:45 – 13:15

CEO Forum – Urban Rail System: How to make sustainable cities (Auditorium)

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. Further, the experts will highlight the importance of Urban rail in mega-cities around the world

Moderator: Jerome Pourbaix, Senior Director – Global Growth, UITP Brussels

  • Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC Limited
  • Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, UITP Brussels
  • Pankaj Kumar Bansal, IAS, Managing Director, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. 
  • I.P. Gautam, IAS (Retd.), Managing Director, MEGA Company Ltd. 
  • Ajay Seth, IAS, Managing Director, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation 
  • Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, National Captial Region Transport Corporation

13:15 – 14:00

Lunch Break and Networking

14:00 – 15:30

Session 2a: Modal Choice for Mass Rapid Transit in Cities (Hall 1 - 7th Floor)

Session 2b:  Innovative Financing Options (Hall 2 - 7th Floor) - Supported by KfW IPEX Bank

Most of Indian cities are planning to construct metro rail systems, as the concept is proven successfully in big cities. Unfortunately, metro rail system cannot be financially viable and sustainable in all tier-II and tier-III cities in India. The cities are populated but the density of population and trunk corridors are missing. It is very important to make right modal choice to ensure the longevity of the urban rail projects. Light rail is a proven mode of mass transit, but did not find many takers currently.

Horses for courses: Holistic approach to urban mobility planning? (Moderator) - Alok Jain, Managing Director, Trans-consult Asia Limited

* Development of LRT System in Dublin (Through - Web Conference) - Paolo Carbone, Head of Public Transport Capital Programmes at Transport Infrastructure Ireland

* Modal Choice – How to make right decision? - Niels van Oort, Assistant Professor of Public Transport at Delft University of Technology

Urban rail 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. Recently, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has invited private players for leasing of metro coaches. This will reduce the capital investment of DMRC in rolling stock and also enable the participation of private sector.

* UITP Financing Toolkit and Green Bonds (Moderator) - Jerome Pourbaix, Senior Director – Global Growth, UITP Brussels

* Delhi Metro Rail Leasing Model – PPP for Phase IV - KK Saberwal, Director (Finance), DMRC Limited

* Metro Development – Innovative Funding Opportunities for cities - Ms. Patricia Immler, Project Manager, Mobility and Transport, KfW IPEX Bank / Harm Hauke Ross, Director - Head of Representative Office, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH 

15:30 – 15:45

Coffee Break and Networking

15:45 – 17:15

Session 3a: Achieving Operation Excellence in Rail Operations!! (Hall 1 - 7th Floor)

Session 3b: Digital Railways – How technology is redefining railways (Hall 2 - 7th Floor)

Urban Rail sector is witnessing the rapid growth. Operation is a key to ensure the sustainability of the system. Driverless train operation can help to increase the capacity for dense network. Further, it tries to rationalise the resources to cater to high patronage. Quantifiable Service Level Parameters (SLA) helps to measure the performance and ensure optimal network availability. Incident and crowd management are equally critical for the system performance. 

* Delhi Metro – Network Optimisation for seamless connectivity - AK Garg, Director (Operation), DMRC Limited

* Launching of New Metro System – Learning from Hyderabad - Anil Kumar Saini, Chief Operating Officer, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd

* UITP Operations Subcommittee work on Safety - Indicators, benchmarking exercise - José-Cruz de la Peña García, Member of Operations Planning Dept. / Daniel Galván Doheijo, Rail Safety Manager, Metro de Madrid

* Operational experience of Mumbai Metro - Vikas Sardana, Head -- O&M, Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd.

Digital technologies are already there and have the potential to deliver a revolutionary impact on rail transportation. The impact of digitalistion, big data, IoT etc will be a massive game-change on all asset maintenance activities: real health status of fixed asset classes will be better understood and monitored to optimize availability and costs. Planning and Scheduling, and Data Analytics are important tools for the efficiency of the system.

* Optimise the Metro Network in the City – Use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence - Alok Jain, Managing Director, Trans-consult Asia Limited

International trends in video surveillance - Public Transport gets smarter Patrik Anderson, Director Business Development Transportation, Axis Communications AB

* Use of technology to improve customer experience - Hitoshi Saimyo, Managing Director, East Japan Railway Company

* Applying multiple Big Data sources to improve public transport planning and operations - Niels van Oort, Assistant Professor of Public Transport at Delft University of Technology

17:15 – 17:30

Closing and Valedictory Session (Hall 1 - 7th Floor)


Day II – 15 December 2018 (For registered members only)

9:00 – 10:30

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

12:00 – 13:00

Visit to Metro Depot and Maintenance Facility (Mukundpur Metro Depot)



A. Registration

Registration to the Seminar on “UITP India Seminar on Urban Rail Network – Building Sustainable Cities” 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 Jaspal Singh, Head of UITP India Office, UITP Bengaluru. The last date for registration is December 10, 2018.

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


B. Payment Procedure

  • All the domestic delegates can make the registration fee payment through cheque 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:



C. Terms and Conditions

  • Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of your registration form.
  • Deadline for registration is December 10, 2018 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 10, 2018.
  • 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: 


1. Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi

19 Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India

Tel: +91 11 41196137  Fax: +91 11 41196126 

Email: SM Mahir Ahuja - mahir.ahuja@shangri-la.com

Web: http://www.shangri-la.com/www.shangri-la.com/newdelhi/

Room Type



Deluxe Room

INR 9,500 + GST (28%)

INR 10,500 + GST (28%)

Horizon Club Room

INR 13,500 + GST (28%)

INR 14,500 + GST (28%)

Deluxe Room Inclusions:

  • Complimentary Buffet breakfast at All day Dining “Tamra”
  • Wifi 24 hours.
  • Free access to Health Club facilities except Spa.
  • Family Plan: no additional charge for children under 12 years old when sharing room with parents.
  • Mileage credits with 27 international airlines worldwide (members only)
  • Invitation to join Shangri-La’s frequent guest recognition program.

Horizon Club Room Inclusions:

  • Complimentary Buffet breakfast at All day Dining “Tamra”.
  • One way airport transfer.
  • Wifi 24 hours.
  • Horizon Club access.
  • Complimentary evening cocktail served with a selection of hors d’oeuvres from 6pm-8pm at 19th floor Club Lounge.
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and soft drinks throughout the day at 19th floor Club Lounge.
  • Express check-in & check-out
  • Free access to Health Club facilities


2. Hotel The Royal Plaza

19, Ashoka Road, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001

Tel: +91 11 4355 5555 | Fax: +91 11 4355 5556 / 4355 5557

Email: prabal@hoteltheroyalplaza.com   

Web: www.hoteltheroyalplaza.com

Room Type




INR 6,000 + GST (28%)

INR 7,000 + GST (28%)

Inclusive of:

  • Complimentary Buffet breakfast  








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