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Japanese team visits Metro

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, AUG. 24. A select group of 20 Japanese citizens, especially chosen by the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Fund of Japan to oversee the implementation of Japanese funded projects abroad, saw the working of the Delhi Metro first hand when they travelled on the system today.

A press statement issued by the Delhi Metro said the group was extremely impressed with the modern trains, automatic fare collection system and heavy-duty escalators which make the Delhi Metro system as good as any in the world.

A presentation on the Delhi Metro Project was also made before the visitors -- which included doctors, school teachers and media personnel -- at the Kashmere Gate Metro station in which the salient features of the Metro System were explained. The group travelled on the Metro train from Kashmere Gate to Shahdara and back and were accompanied by officers from the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Bank of International Corporation (JBIC). The JBIC is funding 64 per cent of the project cost of Phase I of the Delhi Metro and a number of Japanese companies are also associated. These include big names such as Pacific Consultants International (PCI), Kumagai Gumi Co. Ltd, Itochu Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Electronics, Sumitomo Corporation, TONICHI and JARTS.

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