Delhi Metro Will Get India’s First Driverless Train
PM Modi will flag off India’s first driverless train service on Delhi Metro Magenta Line on 28 December.
DMRC said that Prime Minister will also launch the fully operational National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) on the same day for traveling on the Airport Express Line of Delhi Metro.
Delhi Metro Magenta Line will get its first complete driverless train
In a technological leap, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag India’s first fully automated driverless train service on 28 December 2020 (Monday). The driverless train will be launched on the 37 km long Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro, connecting Janakpuri West in Delhi to the Botanical Gardens in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced this on Thursday evening.
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In addition, the PM will also launch a fully operational National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) on the same day for travel on the Airport Express line of the Delhi Metro, the DMRC said.
On 25 December, three days after completing 18 years of operations, DMRC will gift the driverless train service to the residents of the national capital. The first Delhi Metro service in the capital was launched by the Ex-Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 25 December 2002.
Delhi Metro was the first modern metro service that started in India other that kolkata metro which started on 24 October 1984 in addition to the existing metro service.
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The Ministry of Housing and Urban has amended the Metro Railway General Rules, 2015 to allow driverless train operation in the country.
Driverless trains will be made a reality using Hitech signaling technology, known as communication-based train control (CBTC).
DMRC is already using driverless train technology in trains running on Magenta Line (From Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden) and Pink Line (From Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar). However, at present, these trains are being operated with the driver present in the cabin.
After the December 28 launch, there will be no need for the driver to be present in the cabin to start and operate the train.
Till now, the Delhi Metro was in the process of conducting trials to ensure that the driverless operation of trains is able to change smoothly and safely.