Bangalore Metro: Yellow Line Prepares for CMRS Inspection

As Bangalore Metro awaits new trains and conducts trials, the upcoming inspection signals progress towards enhanced connectivity and efficiency for Bengaluru commuters

Driverless train for the yellow line.
Driverless train for the yellow line.

BANGALORE (Metro Rail News): The Yellow Line of Namma Metro, connecting RV Road to Bommasandra, is gearing up for a pivotal moment. By the end of October, the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) is scheduled to inspect this crucial segment of Bengaluru’s expanding metro network.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) is eagerly awaiting the delivery of six new trains from Titagarh Rail Systems Ltd., expected by December. This addition is crucial to boost the capacity and efficiency of the city’s metro services. Incorporating these trains is seen as a strategic move to accommodate the increasing commuter demand in India’s tech hub.

Technological Advancements

Earlier this year, in February, the Yellow Line witnessed the introduction of a driverless train system developed by China’s CRRC. This development marked a significant technological leap, catering to the bustling route to Electronic City.

Titagarh’s collaboration with CRRC involves the delivery of 14 train sets, totalling 84 coaches equipped with advanced Communication-Based Train Control technology. These trains are scheduled to arrive starting in August, with the initial batch already on track following the adaptation from last year’s prototypes.

Trial Runs and Testing on the Yellow Line

BMRCL is conducting extensive trials on the Yellow Line using a train provided by CRRC. These trials encompass 36 different test types, including assessments of signalling systems and track integrity.

At least three trains are required for thorough testing. The arrival of additional trains by the expected September-October timeline is crucial for completing these tests and ensuring all systems are fully operational and safe for public use.

Operational Outlook

After the CMRS inspection and subsequent approval from the Railway Board, the Yellow Line is slated to begin regular service operations by December. Initially, six trains will be deployed, facilitating a new train every 15 minutes. This will greatly enhance connectivity and commuting convenience, particularly for those travelling to and from the technological and industrial hubs along this route.

Metro route from RV Road to Bommasandra (Yellow Line).
Metro route from RV Road to Bommasandra.

The improvements are not confined to the Yellow Line alone. The existing train shortage affecting the Purple and Green lines is also being addressed. CRRC is set to deliver a prototype train equipped with DTG (Distance to Go) technology this August, followed by 20 more DTG trains by November 2025.

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