Delhiites will be able to travel in Delhi Metro’s first ‘driverless’ trains on the Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden

Delhiites will be able to travel in Delhi Metro's first 'driverless' trains on the Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden

NEW DELHI,June26: In just over three months, Delhiites will be able to travel in Delhi Metro’s first ‘driverless’ trains on the Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden. The Magenta Line, which missed its June deadline and is going to miss its September deadline too, is going to be thrown partially open to the public in October this year, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

Trial runs on 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, a DMRC 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 public after all the clearances,” the spokesperson said.

“This line is planned to be opened in stages between October 2017 and March 2018,” the spokesperson said.

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.

“During the trials, the interface of the Metro train is being checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done,” the DMRC 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 spokesperson said.

“The behaviour of the track system and the Over Head Electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly,” the spokesperson said.

Trial runs between the Kalindi Kunj and Kalkaji Mandir section of the Magenta Line were started in August 2016, followed soon by trial runs between Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir section. As the corridor will witness the first operations of driverless trains, DMRC is not taking any chances and rigorous trials are being carried out.

The Magenta Line will not only 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.

At present, commuters have to change trains at Rajiv Chowk to travel between Gurgaon and Noida and at Central Secretariat to travel between Gurgaon and Faridabad.