NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to run driverless trains from December- 25 according to officials. The first driverless train will be operated on the Magenta Line, between Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden as per sources.
However, an amendment in the Metro Railways General Rules, 2015, need to be made for allowing driverless train operations as per the laws of Union Government.
The move to introduce driverless trains comes as a step towards switching to the unattended train operations (UTO) mode, using the hi-tech signalling technology called the communication-based train control (CBTC).
“The driverless train technology is already in use in trains running on Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) and Magenta Line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West), but a driver is present on each train for the time being– the train is manually started by the driver and thereon its runs on the CBTC signalling system”, an official was stated saying.
“Driverless technology was introduced on the Magenta Line and the Pink Line in 2017, but until now, the Metro was conducting rigorous trials to ensure that trains could safely switch over to driverless operations”, adds an official.
The move is aimed at reducing the problems caused by human errors through the initiative of running driverless trains.