Prime minister Narendra Modi will flag off India’s fully automated first-ever driverless metro train service on the 37 km long Magenta line (Janakpuri west to Botanical garden) of Delhi metro. The Delhi metro rail corporation said on Thursday.
On the same day, PM Modi will also launch a fully operational national common mobility card for travel on the Airport express line.
Earlier news agency PTI cited a source saying that a proposal has been sent to the Prime Minister’s office to flag off the driverless train on December 28. The driverless train is ready to flag off and they have made all the arrangements- as the source said.
Delhi metro is the first largest metro in India and the second oldest after the Kolkata metro. The metro service in the national capital had begun its commercial operation on December 25, 2002, a day after the then Prime Minister Sri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee has inaugurated DMRC’s first stretch spanning 8.2km from Shahdara to Tis Hazari with the six stations.
Although initially, drivers will be deputed to operating the trains they will be gradually withdrawn to move to unattended train operations (UTO).
Each coach in the metro train can accommodate a maximum of 380 passengers, which translates to 2,280 passengers on each train set of six coaches. The cabinless train will be able to accommodate 40 commuters more in six coach trains as the driver’s cab will not be required in such trains.