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DMRC opens second control centre at Barakhamba Rd

The Delhi Metro on Sunday shifted its Operations Control Centre for Phase II to Metro Bhawan on Barakhamba Road.

The Delhi Metro on Sunday shifted its Operations Control Centre for Phase II to Metro Bhawan on Barakhamba Road.

A major step towards preparing operational infrastructure for Phase II,the centre will supervise train operations,monitor passenger movement and oversee fare collection and emergency systems.

The DMRC’s second such centre,the hi-tech office took over the control of train operations on Line 3 (Indraprastha — Dwarka Sector 9) on Sunday. “It will also control train movement on upcoming lines of Phase II like Indraprastha — Noida,Inderlok — Mundka and Central Secretariat — Badarpur,when they open in the coming months,” Anuj Dayal,DMRC spokesperson,said.

The control centre was shifted overnight from Shastri Park,which controlled all Metro train operations till Saturday,so that passenger movement on Line 3 was not disrupted even temporarily.

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“The process of shifting began about 10 days ago with the wiring and installation of new computer servers,telecom and signalling systems,electrical and radio communication equipment,and huge wall-mounted display panels in the new centre,” Dayal said.

A new TETRA Radio System will cover all the new Lines of the DMRC,including Line 3,and it will also act as a back-up to the system operational at the Shastri Park control centre for Lines 1 and 2.

“The new centre will be manned round-the-clock by the chief controller,traffic controllers,traction power controllers,fault management controllers and auxiliary system controllers. To start with,about 12 people will man the centre round-the-clock and this will go up to 30 by September 2010,when Phase II becomes fully operational,” Dayal said.

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The existing control centre at Shastri Park will now control train movement on Line 1 (Dilshad Garden — Rithala) and Line 2 (Jahangirpuri — Central Secretariat),apart from the Central Secretariat — Gurgaon line when it opens next year.

DMRC will have a network of around 190 km by next year and will carry around 20 lakh passengers.

First published on: 30-03-2009 at 02:34:17 am
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