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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.







Day 1 – 15 December 2017 (Friday)

09:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:45

Opening Session: Inauguration

Opening Remarks: Jerome Pourbaix, Director of Regions, UITP Brussels

Welcome Address: H. S. Anand, Director (Rolling Stock), DMRC Limited

Key Note Address: Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India

Vote of Thanks: KK Saberwal, Director (Finance), 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.

Moderator:  Jerome Pourbaix, Director of Regions, UITP Brussels


  • Karl Bergner, Head of Subway Operation, Wiener Linien, Vienna and Chair of Operation Sub-Committee of Metro Assembly 
  • Pankaj Kumar Bansal, IAS, Managing Director, Chennai Metro Rail Limited
  • Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC)
  • S. D. Sharma, Director (Business Development), DMRC Limited

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.

Chair: Karl Bergner, Head of Subway Operation, Wiener Linien, Vienna and Chair of Operation Sub-Committee of Metro Assembly 


  • “Operational Excellence by Delhi Metro and Future Opportunities” - Sharat Sharma, Director (Operations), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
  • “World Metro Trends and Statistics” - Laurent Dauby, Director Rail Transport, UITP Brussels
  • “Metro Operation in India – Experience of Mumbai Metro” - Paul Gardey de Soos, Managing Director of Metro One Operation in Mumbai and Country Director for RATP Dev Transdev Asia
  • “Metro Development in China – Key Learnings” - Speakers from China

13:15 – 14:00

Lunch Break and Networking

14:00 – 15:30

Session III: Innovative Financing Model - How metros in India can tap international financings?

The Government of India has unveiled the new Metro Rail Policy and a Metro Rail Act 2017. So far, metro projects in India have largely relied on public investments with equity contributions from State and Central governments. The projects have typically been supported by multilateral agencies via G2G lending frameworks including Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) loans. Given the shift in focus under the new Metro Rail Policy, reliance on private investment will become imperative to support the upcoming metro rail projects in the country. The evolving PPP framework needs to ascertain that the projects are bankable and risks are appropriately distributed between public and the private partner.

However, private investments would need to tap into alternative financing solutions, especially commercial finance. KfW IPEX-Bank is one of the leading banks to provide commercial financings solutions such as ECA (Export Credit Agency)-backed financings for corporates and infrastructure project worldwide. KfW IPEX-Bank aims to fill this gap by providing long-term capital towards sustainable infrastructure development for urban transit solutions.

Chair: Mukund Kumar Sinha, Officer on Special Duty (Urban Transport) and Ex. Officio Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs


  • Low Carbon and Sustainable Urban Transport - KK Saberwal, Director (Finance), DMRC Limited
  • “Avenues for international financing for metro projects in India” 

David Pascal Saavedra-Lux, Senior Sector Specialist, KfW Development Bank

Ms. Michaela Altmann, Director, Origination and Structuring, Rail and Vehicle Fleets, KfW Ipex- Bank

Thomas Alberghina, Director, Origination and Structuring, Transport and Social Infrastructure (PPP), KfW Ipex- Bank

  • “Development of Light Rail System as an alternative/complement to Metro”- Laurent Dauby, Director Rail Transport, UITP Brussels

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.

Chair: Rajeev Gupta, Director General, National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) (TBC)


  • “Benefits and experience with full metro automation GOA4 Worldwide” - Ramon Malla, Chair of UITP Observatory on Metro Automation, TMB, Barcelona
  • "Technology Innvoation in JR East" - Nobuyuki Yokoyama, Deputy General Manager, International Affairs Headquarters, East Japan Railway Company
  • "Urban Mobility solutions for Tier II Cities"  - Bharat Salhotra, Vice President Sales & Business Development - Asia Pacific Region, Alstom Group
  • "Development of Delhi LRT and Tram System Within a Complex City Transport Strategy" - Dmitry Stepchkov, Deputy Head of Transport Planning Department, SUE MOSGORTRANSNIIPROJECT – Moscow Transport R&D and Planning Institute
  • Medellin Metro Cable: Urban cable  car success story” - Benjamin Fauchier Delavigne, Asia Sales Manager, Poma HK

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 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 + GST (18%)

INR 15,000 + GST (18%)

Foreign Delegates

EUR 350

EUR 500


(There is no registration fee for delegates who register from state departments / metro operating companies (public) / government departments / PSUs.)

Note:  GST (18%) will be charged extra on above mentioned rate. 


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.
  • 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: 


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: preeti.vishal@shangri-la.com

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

of buffet breakfast , one Major Meal and Wi-Fi per room per night.

Room Type



Deluxe Room

INR 10,500 + 28% GST

INR 12,000 + 28% GST

Inclusive of:

  • Complimentary Buffet breakfast at Coffee Shop and One Major Meal
  • 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.


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

Inclusive of:

  • Complimentary Buffet breakfast 

Room Type




INR 6,000 + 28% GST

INR 7,000 + 28% GST



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


















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