New Delhi: Plans are afoot for a bigger and better Delhi Metro museum, where exhibits will have their commentary written in English as well as Hindi, a senior official of the DMRC on Wednesday said.
On the sixth anniversary of the Metro Museum today, located currently in the premises of the Patel Chowk metro station, officials said, efforts will also be made to make the facility more accessible to a larger audience.
DMRC had recently been alloted 12,000 sq m of land adjacent to the Shastri Park metro station to construct a dedicated sprawling museum complex.
"Well, the museum is growing in terms of display of models so we also need to grow. So the metro museum is now expanding and we have been alloted a space in Shastri Park," DMRC's chief spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.
The museum on December 15 had received a new exhibit ? a giant replica of the cutter head of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM).
"The tunnel boring machine commentary is in English as well as in Hindi and in future also we ultimately aim to achieve that. So, we will try to communicate as much as possible in different languages," Dayal said on being asked the reason behind the informative panels at the museum being mostly in English.
On the occasion, a group of 20 senior citizens associated with an NGO were given a free-ride by the DMRC following which they were presented with a shawl at an event organised at the museum premises.
A new model of a standard-gauge train coming out of an elevated metro station, apart from a hand-crafted standard-gauge train model was also unveiled on the occasion.
Dayal said that the museum as it stands today is "very lively" and is "highly technical" making it a useful learning ground for school and college students.
"It gives students a lot of highly technical knowledge on underground operations, train manufacturing, underground construction, elevated construction among others. It is a very lively museum," Dayal said.
The museum, in its present capacity houses exhibits such as working models of trains, replicas of TBMs, souvenir items, apart from several pictures and informative panels charting the history of the metro network.