The first driverless trains, equipped with advanced features, arrived in Delhi Thursday and will ply on sections of the Phase-III network.
The new trains, which will begin service with drivers for a short period are expected to be operational by the end of next year.
The six-coach train was ferried by sea and arrived at Gujarat’s Mundra port and was brought by road to Delhi on specially-made trailers. “A total of 20 such train sets of Hyundai Rotem will be manufactured in South Korea’s Changwan by the end of this year while the remaining 61 are being manufactured at the Bharat Earth Movers plant in Bengaluru,” a DMRC statement said.
According to the DMRC, the new trains will run on the over 58 km-long Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar (Line 7) and the over 38 km-long Janakpuri (West)- Botanical Garden (Line 8) corridors of the Phase-III, and both these sections are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
“These trains are significantly upgraded and eco-friendly. They also have additional features to increase passenger comfort and are designed for a maximum speed of 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph,” an official said. He added though drivers will be deputed for operating the trains, they will be gradually withdrawn to move to unattended train operation (UTO).
“These new-generation trains are suitable to eventually run on UTO mode, that is, train operators will not be required to operate these trains and the Operations Control Centres (OCC) of the Delhi Metro system will directly regulate the movement of the trains,” the DMRC official said.
# On-board CCTV cameras for inside and outside view of the train. The CCTV images could be directly accessed by the control centre in driverless mode.
# Dynamic Route Maps in each door panel to let passenger know their journey status.
# In addition to the existing 230V AC charging sockets, USB slots have also been provided for Mobile charging.
# Each coach can accommodate a maximum of 380 passengers, which translates to 2,280 passengers in each train set of 6 coaches.
# More energy efficient than earlier trains because of better regeneration of energy during braking, energy efficient sub systems like LED lighting and air conditioning systems.
# Each coach is fitted with four 18.5 inch LCD screens to run Audio-Visuals messages and commercials.
# Fibre reinforced plastic seats have been introduced to add colour.