In Delhi, PM Modi inaugurates India’s first driverless metro train

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INDIA’s first-ever  ‘driverless’ train was flagged off by Prime Minister  Narendra Modi on  Monday, December 28. It will operate on the 38-km-long Line 8 officially designated as Magenta Line, part of the Delhi Metro spreading over a 390-km-long network across the national capital and adjoining cities such as Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Bahadurgarh. The driverless metro connects 25 metro stations from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden including IGI airport. Out of these, 10 are elevated and the rest 15 are underground. The driverless train operation (DTO) or unattended train operation (UTO) modes can be implemented only on Line 7 and Line 8 of the DMRC network which came up under the Phase III expansion. Magenta Line connects Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden metro stations in Noida He also inaugurated the fully operational National Common Mobility Card service on the Airport Express Line. The National Common Mobility Card will enable the passengers to travel on the Airport Express Line using the RuPay-Debit Card issued from any part of the country.PM Modi said the NDA  government is committed to convert the challenges into opportunities by developing the urban landscape according to the future requirement. The government emphasized the local demand, promoting local standards, expansion of Make in India expansion and the use of modern technology. Expansion of modern modes of transport including metro should be according to the needs of the people of the city and this is the reason the government is working on different types of metro rails in different cities like Metro Nio, Regional Rapid Transit System and Metro Lite. Outlining the works done for the development of Metro lines across the country, Mr. Modi said, significant progress has been made in the expansion of Metro services. He said, metro trains were operating in the five cities in the year 2014 and now it is operating in 18 cities. Metro will be expanded to more than 25 cities by the next five years. PM Modi said the country is moving in the direction of One Nation, One Agriculture Market with new agricultural reforms and arrangements like e-NAM. Officials say the corridors of the metro lines are equipped with an advanced signalling technology which makes the transition possible. For now, DMRC is rolling out the UTO mode on Line 8 only, said a DMRC official. Trains are mostly remotely controlled from the command rooms of the DMRC known as Operations Control Centre (OCC), from where teams of engineers track and monitor in real-time train movement across the DMRC network. The OCCs are akin to air traffic control towers equipped with large display walls and communication technology. DMRC has three OCCs, including two inside the metro headquarters and one at Shastri Park. But the level of control that the drivers or train operators have over trains varies from line to line. Edited by PK Chakravarty

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