Nation’s first driverless metro train this month?


According to official sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the country’s first driverless metro train in the later part of this month in Delhi. PM will flag off the train on the Magenta Line (Janakpuri West- Botanical Garden) of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). As per a source, it has sent a proposal to the PMO to flag off the driverless train around December 25. As a part of the Phase-III of the DMRC, the Delhi Metro driverless trains are to operate on the Magenta Line and the Pink Line.

In September 2017, along a 20-km-long stretch on the Pink Line, the Delhi Metro had begun full signalling trials of its new driverless trains. To test the automation of the new metro trains, the trials were done. They were equipped with Unattended Train Operations (UTO) and CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) signalling systems. This will remarkably rise their frequency.

Having six coaches, the driverless trains are equipped with a number of advanced features. These new trains of the Delhi Metro have gone through remarkable technological as well as eco-friendly upgrades. Apart from this, to increase passenger comfort, several additional features have been added. According to Delhi Metro, they are designed for a maximum speed of 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph. They would operate on the 58 km-long Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar (Line 7) of the Phase-III of the DMRC. Also, they would run on the 38 km-long Janakpuri (West)-Botanical Garden (Line 8).

Each coach has a space of a maximum of 380 passengers i.e., 2,280 passengers in each train set of six coaches. It will offer the space of 40 more commuters as the driver’s cab will not be needed in such trains.

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