NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Delhi Metro, in a bid to expand its network, plans to acquire 52 new trains, including the silver line coming in phase IV, which will be fully compliant with the “Unattended Train Operation” (UTO). The unattended train operation means that the operation of the trains will be without drivers. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials gave this information on Monday.
According to DMRC officials, 39 trains will be for the existing Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) and Magenta Line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West) while the remaining trains will be for Silver Line or Line-10. Line-10 is being constructed between Aerocity and Tughlakabad.
A DMRC official said,”The tenders for the same were floated long back and it is in the process. But the tender has not been awarded so far. Also, all these 52 trains to be purchased will be UTO-mode trains.’’ PM Narendra Modi had inaugurated the operation of such trains by flagging off India’s first driverless train on the Magenta Line (Line-8) of the Delhi Metro on December 28, 2020. Apart from this, the operation of the driverless train on the 59-km-long Pink Line was started on November 25 last year which has proved to be another milestone in the history of DMRC.