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A Metro ride for Japanese Foreign Minister

On an official visit here, Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada Sunday took a ride on the Delhi Metro and gave suggestions to improve the system besides paying a visit to the Metro Museum.



New Delhi: On an official visit here,
Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada Sunday took a ride on
the Delhi Metro and gave suggestions to improve the system
besides paying a visit to the Metro Museum.

Delhi Metro, which is being partly funded by the Japan
International Cooperation Agency, an arm of the Japanese
government, is one of the few metros in the world making an
operational profit.

Accompanied by DMRC officials, Okada, who is here on a
two-day visit, took the Metro from Central Secretariat to
the next station of Patel Chowk on the underground line.

Deboarding at the Patel Chowk station, the Japanese
Foreign Minister went round the station and visited the Metro
Museum there.

"He went through the entire station and spent around 30
minutes there. He made a lot of queries on the functioning of
the Metro system and also gave us some suggestions," DMRC
spokesman Anuj Dayal, who also accompanied Okada, said.

Dayal said Okada visited the Metro Museum, the first
in South Asia in an operational station, and was "impressed"
with it.

The JICA (formerly known as JBIC -- Japan Bank for
International Cooperation) had sanctioned a loan of Rs
6434.06 crore for Delhi Metro`s Phase-I project.

The total cost for Phase-II is approximately Rs 20,000
crore and JICA is financing 49.19 per cent of this project.

For DMRC`s Phase-II, JICA has sanctioned a loan amount
of Rs 9686.69 crore. Overall, JICA has collectively paid over
16,000 crore to DMRC for both Phase-I and Phase-II projects.

The JICA is partly financing Metro projects in other
cities in the country, including Chennai.

PTI

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