The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will flag off India’s first driverless train on the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro today.
The driverless train will be “herald a new era of travelling comfort and enhanced mobility” for the residents of Delhi and commuters in the National Capital Region, the government said in an official statement.
Once the driverless train service on the magenta line is inaugurated, the work to get another driverless train running on the 57-km Pink Line will begin. The latter is to begin operation by mid-2021.
The commencement of these projects will put DMRC in the elite league of “seven per cent of the world’s Metro networks” which can operate services without drivers.
“The driverless trains will be fully automated which will require minimum human intervention and will eliminate the possibilities of human errors. Delhi Metro has been a pioneer in introducing technology-driven solutions for passenger comfort and this is another step in the same direction,” the statement said.
The driverless metro train will have as many as six coaches. As per a report, the driver on the train will initially be deputed for operating purposes but will then gradually be withdrawn to move to Unattended Train Operation (UTO).
DMRC, lauding the commendable metro connectivity that the NRC region has mushroomed in the last few years, said, “In the days to come, over a thousand kilometres of new lines shall be added and about 27 cities in the country will have metro connectivity. By 2022, when the nation celebrates its 75th Independence Day, India will have a combined metro network of over a thousand kilometre which will carry more than a crore passengers every day.”
Recently, the PM had also inaugurated metro projects in Agra.