Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC)
Type State owned
Industry Public transport
Founded New Delhi, Delhi, India (3 May 1995 (1995-05-03))
Headquarters New Delhi, Delhi, India
Key people Mangu Singh (Managing Director)
Services Delhi Metro, Consultancy and implementation of metro rail, monorail and high-speed rail
Owner(s) Government of India (50%)
Government of Delhi (50%)

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., abbreviated to DMRC, is a state owned company that operates the Delhi Metro in the National Capital Region of India. Besides operating the metro, the DMRC is also involved in the planning and implementation of metro rail, monorail and high-speed rail projects in India and abroad. The DMRC has equal equity participation from the Government of India and the Government of Delhi.[1]


The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. was registered on 3 May 1995 under the Companies Act, 1956 for the implementation and subsequent operation of the Delhi Metro. E. Sreedharan was appointed as the first managing director of the DMRC.[2] Sreedharan handed over charge as MD of DMRC to Mangu Singh on 31 December 2011.

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) instructed the DMRC to set up a separate subsidiary company to provide consultancy services. The intention was to let DMRC focus on the Delhi Metro while the separate firm will provide consultancy services. The decision was reportedly taken following the appointment of DMRC as a consultant in the Kochi Metro project, on the Kerala Government's insistence. According to an MoUD official, "The objective is to provide consultancy services without infringing in the main functioning of Delhi Metro. The sister company of the DMRC will also be registered under Companies Act 1956."[3]

DMRC has made it compulsory to wear safety helmets on construction sites. It also earns carbon credits with rainwater harvesting at metro stations and runs an HIV/AIDS programme for workers.[4]

Work on other Projects[edit]


The DMRC has a business development department which is in charge of the consultancy services.[3] DMRC has served as the project consultant and has prepared detailed project reports (DPR) for every metro and monorail project in India, except the Kolkata Metro and Chennai MRTS, which were constructed before the formation of the DMRC.[5] The DMRC charges 6% of the project cost as the fee for its services. The agency does not shift its own personnel from one location to another. If it requires more manpower at a particular site, the agency creates an organisation in that particular city which hires people on a contract-basis.[6] The DMRC also provides lighter consultancy operations, such as preparation of DPRs and feasibility reports for proposed systems in places such as Raipur, Amritsar and Nagpur.[7] DMRC also serves as consultant and prepared the DPR for the proposed. Thiruvananthapuram - Mangalore High-Speed Passenger Corridor.

In September 2012, DMRC announced that it had been awarded the work of Management Consulting Services of the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit system by the Indonesian government. This was the DMRC's first project outside India.[8] DMRC worked as part of a joint venture with 8 other international companies including Padeco and Oriental Consultant, PT Ernst and Young Advisory Services, PT Indotek Engineering Jaya, PT Pamintori Cipia, Lambaga Management and PT Public Private Partnership from Indonesia and Seneca Group.[9] The DMRC stated that its main responsibilities in the JV were the "finalisation of the organisational structure of the Jakarta Metro, recruitment of personnel, development of training facilities and the training of the employees for various categories required for commencing the operations".[10]

The DMRC signed an agreement with the government of Bangladesh to serve as the project consultant and help build the Dhaka Metro in November 2013. This was the first international project in which DMRC provided the entire technological and logistical base. Delhi Metro spokesperson Anuj Dayal stated, "The assignment is important as it will establish Delhi Metro as a consulting agency for international Metro projects." The DMRC provided support in operations, maintenance and security for the Jakarta Metro project as management consultant. However, for the Dhaka project, the DMRC, as part of a consortium, undertook the full project consultation. According to Dayal, "The complete scope of work for the consultant consists of all areas of project management viz. public transportation planning review, engineering study and basic design, detailed design, assistance in selecting the contractors, construction supervision, testing and commissioning, etc. The role of DMRC in the project will be preparation of specification and manuals, taking care of safety and health aspects, traffic integration, training, making an advisory on systems, transport network planning, and framing operation and maintenance rules for Dhaka MRT-6 project." The DMRC, along with other members of the consortium, managed the project and provided engineering services in the pre-construction phase. During construction, it will supervise it and provide training for operation and maintenance. In the post-construction phase, it will monitor and advise the operation and maintenance among other works.[11] Sixteen experts oversaw the Dhaka operation. The DMRC expects to earn around INR90 crore (US$15 million) from the project by 2015.[12]

In February 2014, the DMRC was invited by the Government of Kuwait to act as a consultant for the proposed metro system in Kuwait City.[13]

Former DMRC Managing Director, E. Sreedharan claimed that DMRC has been sought as a consultant for developing metro rail infrastructure in Colombo, Damascus, Lahore[14] and Israel.[3]


The DMRC is involved with the implementation and/or construction of Kochi Metro, Jaipur Metro and Lucknow Metro.[15][16][17]

DMRC Institute[edit]

DMRC Training Institute in Shastri Park, Delhi is used for training staff and executives of metro rail operators in India. This institute provides 'simulator' training in which motormen learn how to drive trains in modes such as the Automatic Train. Its training also includes Siemens signaling system and station operation and management, among other aspects. It is the only metro rail training institute in South Asia. DMRC is known to have trained 300 staff from Namma Metro, Kochi Metro, Chennai Metro, Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon and Jaipur Metro.[18]

DMRC in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi offers a one-year postgraduate diploma in metro technology. The course produces 25 executives a year to staff metros across India. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras also offers a similar course.[19]

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  2. ^ "Structure of Delhi Metro". DMRC. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
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