Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first-ever driverless train operations on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line today through a video conference. Today the National Common Mobility Card was expanded to the Airport Express Line of Delhi Metro, which was started in Ahmedabad last year.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said preparing the country for future needs is an important responsibility of governance. He said unlike this, modern thinking says that urbanization should not be seen as a challenge but used as an opportunity to build better infrastructure in the country, an opportunity through which we can enhance Ease of Living.
He added that in 2014, only 5 cities had metro rail and today, metro rail is available in 18 cities. By the year 2025, we are going to expand it to more than 25 cities. In 2014, only 248 km of metro lines were operational in the country and today it is about three times, more than 700 kilometers. By the year 2025, we are trying to expand it to 1700 km.
The country’s first driverless train is part of the Delhi Metro. He said Governments did not have as much attention to future needs. Now India has joined some of the countries in the world which have technology without a driverless train.
–He further said that Make in India is very important for the expansion of metro services. This central government scheme reduces costs and saves foreign exchange.
-One advantage of this is that the people of the country get more employment.
-PM Modi said that we have noticed that the extension of the metro, neoteric modes of transport should be used as per the needs of the people of the city.
Evocative image of Delhi Metro’s magenta line Train:
The driverless trains will be fully automated, which will eliminate the possibility of human error, the government has said, adding that after the start of driverless services on the Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden), the Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) of Delhi Metro is expected to have driverless operations by mid-2021.
Driverless train Facilities:
-The National Common Mobility Card, which will be fully operationalised on the Airport Express Line, will enable anyone carrying a RuPay-Debit Card issued from any part of the country to travel on the route using it.
-This facility will become available on the entire Delhi Metro network by 2022, the PMO said.
Here are three key things to know:
-Deployed on Magenta and Pink lines
-These driverless trains will operate on Magenta Line as well as the Pink Line, built as part of the Phase-III of DMRC’s network.
Flagging off of the driverless trains is being seen as a major technological milestone for the rapid transport network and the country. The DMRC(Delhi Metro Rial Corporation) operates 10 metro rail corridors comprising 242 stations. On regular days, the average daily ridership of the Delhi Metro is over 26 lakh. The trials were to test the automation of the new metro trains, equipped with Unattended Train Operations (UTO) and CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) signalling systems, which will significantly increase their frequency.