Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated India’s first driverless train handling technology on the Magenta Line of Delhi Metro. The line, connecting Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden, will operate along with the Airport Express Line along with National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) services.
The Magenta line connects Janakpuri West in Delhi and Botanical Garden in Noida. The first driverless train technology is being started on this line. There is a plan to introduce this technique on the Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) by the middle of 2021.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after the inauguration that it shows how fast India is moving in technology.
He said, “The first metro in Delhi was run by Atal ji’s efforts. When our government was formed in the year 2014, only 5 cities had metro rail. Today, metro rail is served in 18 cities. By 2025, we want to expand it to 25 cities. It is not just infrastructure made of brick, concrete, but symbolizes the aspirations of the middle class. “
After the introduction of this technology on the Pink Line, the driverless network in the entire Delhi Metro will be about 94 kilometers. However, it will be only 9% of the total network of Delhi Metro.
After its launch, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will join the 7% top league of the world’s metro network where the metro operates without drivers.
Driverless trains are a criterion of technology known as grades of automation (GOA).
In GOA1 technology, a driver drives a train. In GOA2 and GOA3, the driver’s role is only to open the doors and operate the train in emergency situations while the train is automatic moving and stopping. In GOA 4, the entire train runs on its own.
DMRC has this technology in place since 2017, but it has done rigorous tests before starting it. It was to begin in May 2020 but was postponed due to the covid-19 lockdown.