Indonesia seeks Delhi Metro help for similar venture

July 4th, 2008 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Indonesia wants Delhi Metro to help set up a similar cost-effective mass transit system in Jakarta, a Metro official said Friday. A delegation led by Indonesia’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Transportation Mesra Eza Friday made the request to the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC).

“The delegation indicated they would approach DMRC soon for signing a memorandum of understanding in areas including economic operational viability studies since Delhi Metro is one of the few metros making an operational profit from day one,” DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

“In addition, Jakarta’s mass rapid transport system is keen to understand the methodologies adopted by DMRC for public affairs handling since both Jakarta and New Delhi have massive population, transportation bottlenecks and depend largely on road transport,” Dayal added.

Indonesia is planning to build a rapid mass transit system to improve its public transport system in Jakarta.

The 10-member delegation also included representatives of the Jakarta Transport Council, the proposed Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit System and the Indonesian Economic Development Board.

The delegates interacted with DMRC managing director E. Sreedharan and other senior officers.

The visitors went to construction sites where tunnel-boring machines are operational and took a ride on Delhi Metro. Officials from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) accompanied them.

Delhi Metro ferries over 700,000 passengers every day over a network of 68 km. Another 120 km will be added before the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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