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Press Release

November 19, 2017

Unveiling the exuberating success and insights behind the benchmark project in Transport- Delhi Metro
- Breaking Ground - A Narrative on the Making of Delhi Metro, an Ethnography on the Lifeline of Delhi Commuters -

New Delhi, November 19, 2017: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) presented the research report, "Breaking Ground – A Narrative on the Making of Delhi Metro" to articulate secrets of our "Shining Example" Delhi Metro Project. This report is published as a part of JICA ex-post evaluation exercise of the Delhi Metro Project with an intention to throw light on the processes underlining the development of successful metro project in India namely Delhi Metro. JICA-assisted Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project, commonly known as Delhi Metro Project with gigantic concessional financial support. The research refers both to a qualitative research method involving fieldwork and participant observation done on the Project.

The report provides insights and empirical data on process of making Delhi Metro a "Shining Example" of Indo-Japanese economic cooperation in the world, which not only brought mind-set change but evolved the construction culture in India and set new standards of punctuality. Delhi Metro has proved to be a benchmark project because of its timely completion that was achieved within the targeted cost. The project also aligns with the Prime Minister's Swacch Bharat Mission and has led to social elevation of the society by bringing change in lifestyle of Delhi people and promoting women empowerment.

The report accounts the views and personal experiences of those who were engaged with the Delhi Metro Project. It is expected to unveil secrets which were not publically available but contributed in making the project unique and showcased it as an example to be emulated by other projects in India.

Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said "We are delighted to present our -"Breaking Ground – A Narrative on the Making of Delhi Metro", a short project ethnography about the birth and the making of ‘Delhi Metro'. Readers will experience how due to Delhi Metro's operations, there was a huge modal shift from private vehicle transportation to mass public transportation, leading to less traffic and enhancement of environmental conditions of Delhi. It will also showcase how a massive project like Delhi Metro was completed within planned time and budgeted cost and influenced lifestyle of people, leading to Delhi Metro as one of the most successful urban transport projects in the whole world. This report is also recorded in the global website of World Bank. JICA encourages the Indian citizens to experience this report and be a part of the success story of the Delhi Metro together with everyone all over the world.

Mr. Sakamoto further cited example of Professor Donald Keene, who had taught for more than 50 years at Columbia University. Mr. Sakamoto said "Professor Keene at the age of 89 become a Japanese citizen so he could spend his last days in Japan. It is because Japanese believe in discipline, team work and perfection." Mr. Sakamoto showed his gratitude to Professors Keene's appreciation for Japanese values and felt elated that JICA could induce the Japan's ethos in Delhi Metro project, that went on to become so successful."

This unique report also encompasses Delhi Metro Project's journey from beginning to the future. It gives first-hand account of the undertaking of the construction of the first ride of the Delhi Metro Project. The report is a guide to explore the trajectory of development of Delhi Metro, which has become an essential part of daily life in the present day of Delhi.

The Delhi Metro project is an extraordinary example of Indo-Japan partnership and has gained the success which now other Metro projects are looking forward to emulating in them. JICA has now extended its association with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) beyond Phase III of the Project as there is a need for huge capacity expansion in public transportation.

Overall, JICA has extended concessional ODA loans of JPY 1 trillion (approximately INR 6,000 crores) for development of metro systems in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

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The report is also available at JICA India Office, New Delhi.


PhotoMr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office with Mr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, holding the research report.

PhotoL-R: Mr. Anuj Dayal, PRO, DMRC; Mr. M.P Singh, Chief Development Specialist, JICA India; Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India; Mr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC; Mr. Takayoshi Tange, Senior Representative, JICA India and Kengo Akamine, Representative, JICA India.

About JICA

Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan,the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.

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JICA India Office
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