Delhi Metro in a coffee-table book

One can now flip through the success story and the behind-the-scenes technological marvels achieved while constructing the Delhi Metro network, thanks to a book launched on Monday by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Titled A Journey to Remember, the book chronicles the Metro’s history, technology, the team spirit and dedication that went into its making and its success. The story behind the construction of technological marvels such as the Chawri Bazaar Metro station that was constructed underneath the walled city – the deepest in the system – are part of the publication.

Launched by DMRC chief E. Sreedharan at the DMRC office at Barakhamba Road, the coffee-table book has 94 high-quality pages and over 50 photographs, some of them of historical value.

“It has been priced at Rs.210 to keep it affordable for all sections and will be available for sale at the Customer Care counters of all Metro stations, besides the DMRC corporate office at Barakhamba Road from tomorrow,” said DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal.

The book has a brief description of Metros worldwide. It also discusses the genesis of the Delhi Metro, which took 32 years to become a reality since a Mass Rapid Transit Network was first recommended for the capital city.

“In addition to its historical significance, the book also covers in detail the modification of route plans after beginning of construction and issues regarding the decision to choose different design techniques, questions about which are often raised by students who study the transport system,” Dayal added.

DMRC has earlier published three books – a souvenir book to commemorate the first day of operations, a coffee-table book “A Dream Revisited” and a photo compilation “Images of An Urban Transformation”.

The mass transit system of the capital has an existing 65-km network and it ferries over 700,000 passengers every day.

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