New Delhi: The Delhi Metro on Thursday received its first train which is capable of running without a driver.
Manufactured at Changwan in South Korea, the new-age train that arrived at the Mukundpur depot here will eventually run unattended, guided by Delhi Metro’s operations control centres, a statement said.
The train arrived by sea at the Mundhra port in Gujarat and was brought to Delhi by road.
“These trains will run on the upcoming Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar (Line 7 – 58.596 km) and Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden (Line 8 – 38.235 km) corridors of Phase 3,” the Delhi Metro said.
Both these corridors are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
A total of 20 six-coach trains will be manufactured in South Korea by the end of this year, while 61 are being manufactured at the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) plant in Bengaluru.
Each train will be able to accommodate 2,280 passengers — 240 more than the regular six-coach Metro train as driverless trains do not require a cabin for the operator.
To enhance security, CCTV cameras will be installed inside and outside the trains and the images will be directly accessed by the control centre. (IANS)
Metro Rails are one of the easiest and most comfortable ways of commuting
Starting with underground railway system in Kolkata the metro rail has come a long way
Delhi Metro was the first modern metro rail in India
Railways are definitely one of the largest and most convenient forms of transportation. And metro rail is more than convenient, it is the lifeline of most of the metropolitan cities in India.
Metro has made everyday commute very easy for people. It is time-saving, cost-effective and most of all, convenient and comfortable. However, what really is the history of metro rail in India? When did it start and where was the first metro in India started?
Wherever Metro is available, people are using it to its fullest. It is natural to be curious about its history too, here is a brief history of metro in India.
The First Metro in India
Delhi may be the first city where modern metro rail system was introduced, but it is not the first city which saw the first metro system in India.
The first metro system was introduced in Kolkata and it completely an underground one. The idea of an underground railway system was conceived by the then Chief Miniter of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy in the 1950s. The first Kolkata Metro was run on run on 24 October 1984 between Dam Dam to Tollygunge. And since then many plans have laid out and carried out successfully to expand the metro rail system in Kolkata.
The history of metro in India may have started in Kolkata. But the modern metro rail history in India definitely starts with Delhi. When one is talking about the history of Metro, one of the most prominent names which come to our mind is, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, also popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’. He was the mastermind behind the Delhi Metro. The popularity of metro rail system in India is all a fruit of his hard work, efforts and dedication.
The first metro in Delhi was run in 2002, which was the Red Line. After it, the Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon started in November 2013. It was India’s first privately owned & operated metro.
Metro rail in India uses both standard gauges and broad gauges. Delhi Metro used broad gauge for their earliest lines, but the new metros in other states like Mumbai Metro and Bangalore Metro as well are using the standard gauge.
The metro systems are now also developed in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Chennai. Soon, the metro will also be functional in Lucknow.