New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) today commenced driverless metro train operation (Unattended Train Operation) on its largest corridor - Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar (Pink Line). Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri and Transport Minister of NCT of Delhi, Kailash Gahlot today inaugurated the Driverless Train Operations (DTO) on the 59 kilometre long Pink Line via videoconferencing in the presence of Secretary, MOHUA, Durga Shanker Mishra, Managing Director, DMRC, Mangu Singh and other senior officials of DMRC.
With this, the Delhi Metro’s fully automated network grows to about 97 kilometres, which is 4th largest in the world and the only DTO network in India. The DTO facility was launched on the Magenta Line in 2020 with which the Delhi Metro had entered the elite league of world’s 7% Metros in the world which operate fully automated metro networks.
The Driverless Train Operation will bring more flexibility in train operations, reduce human interventions and human errors. It will also help in improving the availability of coaches for service. The Driverless Trains will eliminate the manual process of checking done before induction, subsequently reducing burden on train operators. The parking on stabling line in depots will also be done automatically.
The DMRC has already started reaping benefits of driverless operations on its Magenta Line in terms of increased availability of coaches for service. Reliability of the trains have increased manifold due to exhaustive self-tests done before induction in service everyday automatically eliminating all possibilities of human error. The benefits will further increase with a longer network under driverless train operation.
In DTO, initially, the train operator will be present in the train to instil a sense of confidence and assistance. DTO’s higher level of diagnostic features will help move from conventional time-based Maintenance to Condition Based Maintenance. This will also reduce maintenance down time of trains.
After the completion of Phase 4, when driverless operations will be available on the extensions of the Pink and Magenta Lines as well as on the Aerocity – Tughalakabad Silver line, DMRC shall become the world’s second largest driverless Metro network with 160 kilometres of DTO equipped corridors.