As part of the ongoing 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav-celebrating 75 years of India's Independence' (AKAM), a specially decorated Metro train was launched in the presence of Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC and other senior officials at Yamuna Bank Metro Station on the Blue Line on January 25, 2022. The train was inducted into passenger services immediately after the launch.
The exterior of this eight-coach special train has been exclusively wrapped and decorated with collage of photographs and slogans depicting the glorious history of India's people, culture and achievements in the last 75 years. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India. It commenced on March 12, 2021 and will go on till August 15, 2023.
The train has been symbolically launched on the occasion of Republic Day Celebrations to spread the idea of nationalism and unity amongst the public. This special train will continue to remain in service throughout the commemorative period of 'AzadiKaAmritMahotsav'.
DMRC has been organising a host of activities to commemorate the AKAM celebrations from last year. In July 2021, DMRC kick started its AKAM commemorative activities from the Lal Qila Metro station on the Violet Line in the form of an exhibition to bring out the significance of the historic venue from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation on every Independence Day.
In addition, spaces such as event corners, display panels inside and outside prominent Metro stations across the network, digital screens at stations and inside trains are also being transformed regularly to disseminate theme-based interesting messages on 'AKAM' celebrations.This includes trivia on major events of Indian independence, inspirational quotes of renowned leaders from India, journey of the evolving India in different sectors, cultural diaspora etc.
Apart from these, online and on ground activities like Cyclothon, children workshop, quiz and drawing competitions etc. are also being organised by DMRC to create awareness regarding use of public transport, non-motorised transport, environmental benefits and revisiting the history of independent India through such activities.