India is all set to launch its first-ever driverless metro train later this month in the national capital Delhi. Reportedly, this- first of its kind- the train will be flagged off on the Magenta Line (Janakpuri West- Botanical Garden) of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
According to official sources, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is most likely to flag off the first-ever driverless train of India in late December. “A proposal has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office to flag off the driverless train around December 25,” the source said.
An anonymous source from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) informed that the government is making efforts to launch this system of driverless train on Christmas 2020. On the same day, Delhi Metro will also complete 18 years of operation.
Notably, 18 years ago on 25th December 2002, Delhi Metro started its commercial operation. On the previous day, the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had inaugurated the first expanse of DMRC’s. It stretched 8.2 km from Shahdara to Tis Hazari with six stations.
Reportedly, the new driverless trains of Delhi Metro will run on the Magenta Line and the Pink Line. These lines have been made as part of the Phase-III of the DMRC.
At present, DMRC has 10 lines and 242 stations. On a regular operational day, Delhi Metro witnesses an average ridership of more than 26 lakh.
As informed by the Delhi Metro, the new driver-less trains will have six coaches with various advanced features. These new trains have also withstood substantial technological and eco-friendly upgrades. Besides, many detailed features have been introduced to take care of passenger comfort. The trains have a maximum speed of 95 mph and an operational speed of 85 kmph.
Providing other details, the DMRC said, “These trains would be more energy-efficient than the earlier trains of the Delhi Metro because of improved design features such as better regeneration of energy during braking, energy-efficient subsystems like LED lighting and air conditioning systems.”