On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off India’s first driver-less train on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line. Also, he unveiled the National Common Mobility Card. This is an inter-operable transport facility that lets users to pay for toll duties, retail shopping, travel, and withdraw money using one card. Talking about the driver-less trains, they will be completely automated. As per the officials, this will eliminate the probability of human error. The service will be available on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line which links Botanical Garden in Noida to Janakpuri West in West Delhi. By mid-21, the service will be stretched to Delhi Metro’s Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar).
In a virtual function, Modi lauded the efforts of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had flagged off the operations of Delhi Metro in 2002. He further stated that in 2014, only five cities had metro services. However, today it has reached 18 cities. He aims to take metro services to over 25 cities by 2025. Modi said that in 2014, only 248 kilometres of Metro lines were working in India. He stated that his government aspired to expand the network to 1700 Kms.
As per an official statement, by means of these new trains, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will become a part of the elite club of 7% of the world’s Metro networks that can run without drivers. Talking about the National Common Mobility Card, it will be completely operationalised on Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line. The National Common Mobility Card will let any individual having a RuPay-Debit Card issued from any corner of the country to travel on the route. Going by the PMO, the facility will be will be available on the entire Delhi Metro network by 2022.