We reported you how Indian Railways is set to introduce Economy AC Coaches for those who can’t afford 3-tier AC coaches in the trains. And now comes another big update.
Big developments are finally waiting for Delhi people as a whole new train system is set to be introduced. As per the reports pouring in, the driverless Magenta Metro which missed its couple of launch deadlines earlier, is now actually arriving from October this year.
The first ‘driverless’ trains will be running on the Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden. As per Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the Magenta Line, which was to be launched in June and then in September, is going to be partially open to the public in October this year.
Talking about the same, a DMRC spokesperson said-
Trial runs in two sections of the corridor of Phase III, between Kalkaji and Botanical Garden (13 km) and Janakpuri West to Terminal 1 – IGI Airport Metro station (10 km) are in progress.
The spokesperson said-
“Both sections will be offered for safety inspection to CMRS (Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety) after successful signalling trials. The sections will be opened for the public after all the clearances. This line is planned to be opened in stages between October 2017 and March 2018,”
By March 2018, DMRC plans to complete the phase-III expansion of its network with the commissioning of not only the Magenta Line but the Pink Line (Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar) too.
Last week, DMRC carried out the first trial run on the Pink Line between the Shakurpur and Mayapuri Metro stations. The Magenta and Pink Lines will be the first ones to have driverless trains.
These trains have high levels of automation and run on the Unattended Train Operation (UTO) mode. While initially, train operators will be present in the trains, gradually, DMRC will shift to the UTO mode.
Talking about the tests that the technology will go through before launch, the spokesperson said-
“As the new signalling technology to be implemented on this corridor, the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) will also undergo rigorous testing. The response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials.”
The Magenta Line will not just connect West Delhi to Noida in under an hour through a direct corridor but also bring many south Delhi areas on the metro map. Thanks to interchange stations at Hauz Khas, Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden, the Magenta Line would also considerably reduce the travel time between Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida.
That’s just wow! Can there be a better news for “Delhi Vaasis” today? We hope it clears all the tests and starts running on the tracks asap and makes the travelling more convenient.