India will soon overtake advanced economies like Japan to have the third largest metro system in the world: Puri

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Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday that India has the fifth-largest metro system in the world and will soon overtake advanced economies such as Japan and South Korea to have the third-largest network. .

Addressing a gathering at the ‘Urban Mobility India & Expo’ here, the minister said the developments will lead to a significant reduction in traffic congestion and associated air quality and emissions issues.

Puri and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan jointly inaugurated the three-day event in Kochi on Friday.

Senior officials from central and state governments, policy makers, managing directors of metro companies, managing directors of transport companies, international experts, professionals, scholars and students attend the event.

Acknowledging the integration of best practices and learnings from other countries into the country’s urban mobility systems, Puri said, “We were able to learn from the experience of other countries. The metro lines the country builds today incorporate best practices from other countries.

India can share its indigenization experience with other countries placed at a similar level on the development ladder, he added.

Referring to the rapid progress of metro lines in India in the global context, Puri said that as of September 2022, 810 km of metro lines were operational in 20 cities and a network of over 980 km of metro network and system Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) is currently under construction in 27 cities.

“India currently has the fifth largest metro network in the world and will soon overtake advanced economies such as Japan and South Korea to become the third largest network,” the Union Minister said.

The main purpose of the conference is to disseminate information to cities, whose officials are attending the conference to help them keep abreast of the latest and best practices in urban transport around the world, according to the ministry.

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