Driverless Coaches for Bangalore Metro’s Yellow Line Arrive at Chennai Port

The Arrival comes after the shipment voyaged on a 13-day sea journey from the port of Shanghai.

Driverless Coaches for Bangalore Metro’s Yellow Line
Driverless Coaches for Bangalore Metro’s Yellow Line

BANGALORE (Metro Rail News): The first of the two trains to have arrived from China for the Bangalore Metro’s 19.143 Km long yellow Line arrived at the Chennai Port yesterday after completing a voyage of 13 days from the Shanghai Port. 

Total no of Trains 

The Bangalore Metro’s Yellow Line will be graced by 15 trains to maintain a decent frequency. Additionally, the Chinese company will ship only two trains of 6 coaches each, while the remaining 75% will be made in India by the Kolkata-based Titagarh Rails. 

Arrival at Hebbagodi Depot 

Driverless Coaches for Bangalore Metro’s Yellow Line at Chennai Port

 “Unloading is scheduled for February 7. Following customs clearance, it will be transported to Bengaluru by road. It is expected to reach Hebbagodi depot near Electronics City,” a senior BMRCL official told Moneycontrol.

Further Tests 

Further, the trains would undergo multiple tests & trials. The processes are as follows: 

  1. Assembling & further on the test track 
  2. Then, on the mainline for 15 tests. 
  3.  Further RDSO trials and then CMRS inspection 

The Driverless technology 

The upcoming driverless coaches will be integrated into the Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) System, often called “Driverless Technology.” This implementation will reduce headway to 90 seconds from the current two and a half minutes. Despite the trains being driverless, the BMRCL has assigned Loco Pilots to reassure passengers.

Driverless Coaches for Bangalore Metro’s Yellow Line at Chennai Port

First Experience 

Bengaluru is poised to welcome its inaugural venture into driverless metros along this route, with the primary objective of enhancing connectivity to key areas housing major corporations such as Infosys & Biocon in South Bengaluru.

The Contract 

BMRCL awarded the contract for the same in December 2019. As per the contract, 4RS-DM 2 trains will be supplied by CRRSC, while the remaining 36 will be assembled locally by Titagarh Rail Systems in West Bengal. 

Distinct from other BMRCL Coaches 

The metro trains will be produced by the China Rolling Railway Stock Corporation (CRRSC) instead of the typical supplier BEML, which provides metro coaches to BMRCL. These trains will consist of 6 coaches, with only 12 coaches (equivalent to 2 trains) being imported from China. The remaining 204 coaches will be manufactured domestically by Titagarh Rail in India.

Big Connectivity Boost 

It aims to boost connectivity to areas that are home to big companies like Infosys & Biocon and South Bengaluru. It will ease the daily struggles of Bangalore’s metro commuters by a substantial amount. It will also increase the overall metro connectivity in the city to facilitate easy and efficient commute. 

Yellow Line 

The 18.82 Km long under-construction metro line connects RV Road with Bommasandra. It is a fully elevated metro route with 16 stations. It connects with the Green Line of Bangalore Metro at RV Road Station & with the Pink Line at Jayadeva Hospital station. It is expected to open by early 2024. 

While it was to be made operational by 2021, the deadline was extended many times. The yellow line will go to stations like Bommamanahalli, BTM Layout, HSR Layout, Jayadeva Hospital, etc. 

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