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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 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 – 10:45

Opening Session: Inauguration


  • Opening Remarks: UITP representative
  • Welcome Address: DMRC representative
  • Inauguration: Hon’ble Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, GoI
  • Special Guest: President, UITP Brussels
  • Key Note Address: Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, GoI
  • Vote of Thanks: DMRC representative

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break and Networking

11:30 – 13:00

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

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


The esteemed panel will consist of members from the ministry, state governments, metro organisation, international operators and think-tank.


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break and Networking

14:00 – 15:30

Session 2a: Modal Choice – LRT Vs. Metro

Session 2b:  Operation Excellence

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.


The session will cover the topics related to modal choice and share the key evaluation parameters before making the choice of transit mode in the city.


Urban Rail sector is witnessing the rapid growth. Operation and maintenance plays a key role in running of any urban rail system. The operators aim to maximise the utilisation of the assets and reduce the downtime. 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.


The session will share the case studies of metro operations in different cities and the innovative approaches followed by them to achieve the operational excellence.


15:30 – 15:45

Coffee Break and Networking

15:45 – 17:15

Session 3a: Innovative Funding Options

Session 3b: Digital Railways – How technology is redefining railways

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.


The session will invite the speakers from authority, operators, financial institutions, rolling stock providers and industry players.

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.


The session will cover the global case studies to highlight the use of technology for improving the operation and maintenance.

17:15 – 17:30

Closing and Valedictory Session


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

10:30 – 11:30

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

12:00 – 13:00

Visit to Metro Depot and Maintenance Facility (Kalindi Kunj)



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

Note: 25% discount shall be provided to participants who register on or before 31 October 2018.


B. 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

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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

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