New Delhi: Udyog Bhawan metro station of the Delhi Metro will be developed into a hub of art and culture after National Museum and the Delhi Metro signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday.
Press release from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said, “As per the agreement, the Udyog Bhawan metro station on the Jahangirpuri-HUDA City Centre (Yellow Line) corridor will be developed as the gateway to the National Museum. Art works and artifacts will be displayed at the concourse area (both paid and unpaid areas) of the station.”
“While National Museum will arrange, display as well as maintain the art works, artifacts etc, DMRC will provide the necessary space and other ancillary requirements such as cabling, wiring, civil work etc. The displays will also be periodically changed by National Museum so that the visitors to the station get to see new artifacts and art works from time to time,” it added.
The agreement was signed at the Metro Bhawan on Thursday between DMRC’s executive director (operations), Vikas Kumar, and National Museum director general Sanjiv Mittal in the presence of DMRC managing director Mangu Singh and other senior officials.
DMRC has associated with many other government bodies/organizations such as the culture ministry, Delhi Tourism, India Habitat Centre, the Indian Council of Historical Research as well as independent artists for setting up display panels, art works etc at the metro stations across the network.
This MoU is a continuation of the Delhi Metro’s efforts to utilize its premises for the promotion of Indian art and culture.
Delhi Metro is the life line of Delhi. It is one of the easiest and most convenient way of transportation one can find in Delhi. It is easy and totally hassle-free.
However, it is not full proof. Delhi metro has its own share of vices, it is overcrowded, swarming with pick-pockets, and experiences technical glitches every once in a while. However, despite all the pros and cons, people love to travel in metro because it is one of the most efficient public transportation system in India.
Here is the list of 10 little known facts about Delhi Metro which sets it apart :
There are no Power Cuts, only Power Shifts.
What we call power cuts, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) calls them power shifts. The power lapses where lights and AC go off at certain stations are the ‘power shifts’. There are designated neutral zones or sub-stations which supply power to the train, as it can not get the required 25,000 volts from a single station.
There are no dustbins.
You might not have noticed but here are no dustbins anywhere on the stations, apart from those inside the restaurants. However, the DMRC stations and platforms still always manage to look and stay clean. This is definitely something worth being proud of.
The escalator at the stations have a ‘Saree Guard.’
Surprised? Here is the explanation. Delhi metro commuters are always in a hurry and DMRC knows this very well. Apart from the emergency stop button on the escalators, there is also a ‘sari guard’feature which stops loose clothing material from getting trapped in between the escalators.
It is full of assistance for the disabled.
The yellow tiles with horizontal lines on the Delhi Metro platforms and stations are constructed in such a way that blind people can easily walk on it without any assistance. The stations are also wheelchair friendly with ramps built on every station methodically so that wheelchair bound people can roll around the station more comfortably.
The DMRC Dedit Card
This one is a largely unknown fact, the DMRC and ICICI bank collaborated to launch a DMRC debit card which offers facilities like, auto recharge and gives 10 % discount on metro fare and shops at the metro stations. It also has cash back offers and reward points, this certainly makes travelling in metro a more fun experience.
The voices behind the announcements
The female voice of Delhi Metro, who announces the stations and instructions in English, is Ms. Rini Simon Khanna. And the male Hindi announcer is Mr. Shammi Narang.
Providing bicycles at a cheap rent.
Even after your de-boarding of the train, DMRC has ways of taking care of your journey. A lot of metro stations provide bicycles on rent for as low as Rs 10 for 4 hours with a valid ID proof.
Delhi Metro is very Environment Friendly.
The United Nations have certified the DMRC as the first rail-based system that gets carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It reduces pollution levels of Delhi by approximately 630,000 tonnes per year.
Delhi Metro is always on time.
The trains are said to be punctual 99.7% of the times, which is one major achievement, keeping in mind, this is India we are talking about. This punctuality is yet another example of DMRC’s methodical and systematic work settings.
The distance covered will leave you amazed.
The 200 trains of the Delhi Metro network covers a total distance of 69,000 kms every day. That is much more than the earth’s total circumference, which is only 40,075 kms.