New Delhi: Moving a step closer to automation of the metro rail network in the national capital, the Delhi Metro on Thursday received the first train which is capable of running without a driver.
Manufactured at Changwan in South Korea, the new-age train that arrived at the Mukundpur depot in Delhi will eventually run unattended, guided by Delhi Metro’s operations control centres, a statement said.
The train arrived by sea at the Mundhra port in Gujarat and was brought to Delhi by road. “These trains will run on the upcoming Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar (Line 7 – 58.596 km) and Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden (Line 8 – 38.235 km) corridors of Phase 3,” the Delhi Metro said.
Both these corridors are expected to be operational by the end of 2016. A total of 20 six-coach trains will be manufactured in South Korea by the end of this year, while 61 are being manufactured at the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) plant in Bengaluru.
Each train will be able to accommodate 2,280 passengers, 240 more than the regular six-coach Metro train as driverless trains do not require a cabin for the operator.
To enhance security, CCTV cameras will be installed inside and outside the trains and the images will be directly accessed by the control centre.