India’s first ever Driver-less metro train, ceremonially flagged off for trial run.
Thursday 19th of May 2016
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) conducted the trial run of the country’s first ever Metro train equipped to run in the driverless mode. The train was ceremonially flagged off by Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The driverless trains will run on the over 58 km-long Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar and the over 38 km-long Janakpuri (West)- Botanical Garden corridors of the Phase-III.
Delhi Metro has received its first driver-less train from Republic of South Korea which is capable of running without a driver.
The six-coach train has been manufactured at Changwan in South Korea and had arrived by sea at the Mundhra port in Gujarat and was brought to Delhi by road.
- This new-generation driverless metro train equipped to travel on Unattended Train Operations mode and is also with advanced features.
- It is suitable to eventually run on UTO mode as the train has extremely high levels of automation. Thus, train operators will not be required to operate these trains.
- The Operations Control Centres (OCC) of the Delhi Metro system will directly regulate the movement of the trains.
- The On-board CCTV cameras provides inside and outside view of the train. The images from CCTV can be directly accessed by the control centre in driverless mode.
In addition, a green Receiving Sub Station (RSS) was also inaugurated at Mukundpur. It will help to meet the power requirements of the Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar corridor. The RSS has been designed as a green structure with features such as solar power plant, rain water harvesting and sewage water treatment facilities.
About driver-less metro train
- The train is equipped with several advanced features and will be operational from by the end of 2016.
- It has undergone significant technological as well as eco-friendly upgrades.
- It is more energy efficient as it has improved design features such as better regeneration of energy during braking, energy efficient sub systems like LED lighting and air conditioning systems.
- Many additional features have been added in this train to increase passenger comfort.
- This train can accommodate 2280 passengers, which is 240 more than the regular six-coach Metro train because of absence of cabin for the operator coach.
- It is designed for a maximum speed of 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph
A total of 20 six-coach trains will be manufactured in South Korea by the end 2015. While, 61 trains will be manufactured at the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) plant located in Bengaluru, Karnataka.