December 30, 2011

Delhi Metro Museum celebrates third anniversary, exhibitations at seven metro stations and quiz competition for homeless children

On the eve of its third anniversary, the Delhi Metro Museum, situated at Patel Chowk metro station, unveiled an exhibition on the history of the Delhi Metro at seven metro stations across the network and organised a quiz competition for the homeless children.

To commemorate the occasion, the DMRC
inaugurated a series of photo exhibitions showcasing the making of the Delhi Metro at seven prominent metro stations, which are already having informative and attractive displays and are considered an extension of the existing Metro Museum at Patel Chowk.

The photo exhibition comprises of glimpses into the making of the Delhi Metro through photographs and write-ups in a very interesting manner. The stations where the exhibitions are on display for a month long period are:
> Patel Chowk
> Rajiv Chowk
> Kashmere Gate
> Central Secretariat
> JLN Stadium and
> Akshardham Metro station

On the occasion, a quiz competition about the Delhi Metro was also organised for the children, who are staying in the Children’s Home, run by the DMRC for destitute boys at Tis Hazari. Over 25 children from the age group of 11 to 14 years participated in the competition. The winners were also given attractive prizes and certificates.

On the 1st of January, 2009, the Metro Museum, the first of its kind in South Asia, was presented as a New Year gift to the people of Delhi. A treasure trove of display panels, historical photographs and exhibits about the Metro, the museum traces the genesis of the Delhi Metro.

In the last three years, the DMRC has worked tirelessly to further enrich the museum with more exhibits and information panels. Specially designed Delhi Metro key chains, photo cards and board games like snake and ladder, ludo with informative material on metro have been added recently to the souvenir counter of the museum as a sale item. Miniature train models, metro tie pins and cufflinks are already available at this counter.

There are a total of 26 informative panels in the museum along with working models of the Operational Control Centre (OCC), CCTV and a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). Various other exhibits are also on display such as a miniature of the Delhi Metro mascot, station models, a detailed route map and Mannequins showing the metro uniforms etc.

During these three years, the museum has been visited by a number of national and international delegations including NGOs like Tamanna – a special school for disabled and CanKids - an NGO for the kids suffering from cancer. It has been visited by VVIPs like the Chief Ministers of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and the Vice-President of India in 2011 and has earned a lot of appreciation for its displays and its academic significance especially for the students and researchers studying about modern mass transport systems.


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