KANPUR (Metro Rail News): Operations on the priority stretch of Kanpur metro running between IIT to Motijheel began operation on Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode from Sunday onwards. The operations were inaugurated after a Puja held at the IIT metro station on Saturday.
UPMRC tweeted, “ Kanpur Metro will run on ATO (Automatic Train Operation) mode on the priority corridor. Automatic operation of the metro will bring efficiency in safety and punctuality”.
Journey, so far
The trains on this line have been running in Automatic Train Protection (ATP) mode, which features an automatic braking system to avoid any kind of accident, keeping in mind passengers’ safety. Under this, operators used to play a significant role in train operations.
In Automatic Train Operations (ATO), the majority of operations related to trains will be automatic, ranging from motoring or braking to Platform Duty. Only door closing has been left upon the metro operator in order to avoid any sort of hurried response and ensure the highest level of passenger safety.
Efficiency at its peak
The system will ensure the highest level of efficiency in the metro trains, ensuring negligible chances of human error. In this, the operator intervention is brought down to zero, ensuring zero human intervention that will lead to the highest safety and efficiency on the tracks.
Metro services are divided into various categories like GoA1, GoA2, GoA3, etc. These grades inform about the level of automation that can be exercised with these trains. Kanpur Metro trains are GoA 3 Category trains.
GoA-3 is the 4th level of Automation to be exercised on Metro trains, where a train operates autonomously without any driver but can be intervened by human operators in command centres if thought necessary.
To run trains on the GoA-3 level of automation, a Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) System is required. Along with this, an Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) System is also installed in order to control & adjust speed in abnormal conditions.
Kanpur metro is being built at a cost of Rs. 11,076.48 Crores, with its First Phase, the Orange Line running between IIT Kanpur & Motijheel, being inaugurated in December 2021 by PM Narendra Modi. The remaining 14.9 km stretch of Orange Line between Motijheel & Naubasta is under construction.
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