NEW DELHI, INDIA (Metro Rail News): Today, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC) inaugurates its driverless metro train operations between Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar (Pink Line) by MoHUA Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot via videoconferencing.
Currently, only the Magenta Line trains operate in UTO (Unattended Train Operation) mode without any manual intervention. The driverless train operations on that route – India’s first – were inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28th December 2020.
However, due to land acquisition and rehabilitation issues, a slight stretch between Mayur Vihar pocket-1 and Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake stations was stuck. As a result, that stretch was inaugurated in August 2021, making Pink Line the longest single Metro corridor in Delhi, spanning 59 kilometers.
Commuters travelling from NOIDA City Center and Botanical Garden to Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake or vice versa will save 20 minutes once this stretch is completed, as there will be just one interchange stop, Mayur Vihar Pocket-1, instead of the two currently available. On the Delhi Haat-INA to Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake or Lajpat Nagar to Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake routes, travel time would be reduced by around 20 minutes in both directions.