PM Modi to flutter green flag to India's first driverless train service on 28 December

PM Modi to flutter green flag to India's first driverless train service on 28 December


rime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India's first fully automated driverless train service that will run on the 37 km long Magenta line (Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden) of Delhi Metro as indicated by Delhi Metro Corporation. India is steadily climbing steps on the ladder of technological advancements even in the times of pandemic and establishing its identity on the global map. With this development on the track, India will soon achieve pioneering heights. Automation, ruling this world will soon tighten its grip in every sector like transportation.

PM Modi will also launch a fully operational National Common Mobility Card for convenient travel on Airport Express Line as said by Corporation. Moreover, keeping in mind the pandemic guidelines, DMRC adopted contactless services to check the spread of virus in metro stations. DMRC will now lift up sanctions from cash transactions in a limited way. The sale of token won't be facilitated as of now and passengers are advised to equip cashless methods to shield themselves from COVID 19. Delhi Metro is the largest metro network in the country and second oldest in the country after Kolkata Metro.

Delhi Metro came into existence, extending its commercial operations on 25 December 2002 under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. DMRC currently comprises 10 lines with 242 stations carrying over 26 lakhs of passengers on a daily basis. The lifeline of the city has evolved over years connecting several stations and expanding in Delhi NCR region. The driverless train will run on Magenta and Pink lines as prescribed by III phase of DMRC. The Corporation has flagged off trials of driverless metro trains on Pink Line in September 2017 along a 20 km long stretch, which is yet to be commissioned.

The driverless trains will comprise of 6 coaches and have many advanced features. The new trains have witnessed technological and eco friendly advancements and features have been equipped to increase passenger comfort. They will run at a speed of 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph as said by DMRC. It will operate on 58 km long Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar (Line 7) and 38 km long Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden (Line 8) corridors as planned for Phase III of DMRC. Initially, drivers will be assigned the task to regulate the functioning and gradually move to Unattended Train Operation (UTO).