STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 12 December
Today, Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, joined the list of foreign dignitaries to take a ride on Delhi Metro.
Mr Sharif, who is younger brother of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was accompanied by a 20-member delegation comprising ministers of his cabinet and officials from Pakistan High Commission .
Before boarding a train he visited the metro museum at Patel Chowk and after de-boarding at Rajiv Chowk Metro station, he visited the Metro Bhavan at Barakhamba where he was given a warm welcome by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh who later briefed Mr Sharif about the Delhi Metro project as well as how it was providing quality service to lakhs of commuters daily.
Sources said the Pakistani delegation was impressed by the functioning of the Metro services and complimented the DMRC officials for running the network efficiently. Metro officials said the commuters did not face any inconvenience due to the travel by the Pakistani delegation. "The commuters did not face any problem as the delegation travelled at around 11 a m which is a non-peak hour," said a metro official.
Before Mr Sharif, a number of top foreign leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Britain’s Prince Charles had taken ride on Delhi Metro.