The trials for Delhi Metro’s automated trains have finally begun on a 20km-long stretch of the upcoming Pink Line. This is one a step closer to making such trains a daily reality.
The trial runs will take place between South Campus near Dhaula Kuan and Majlis Park. These are being conducted to test the automation skills of the new trains. To increase their frequency, they’ve been equipped with Unattended Train Operations (UTO) and CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) signalling systems, reports NDTV.
Once operational, the 59 km-long Pink Line corridor will be the longest network of the Delhi Metro.
It will connect Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar in north-east Delhi.
“With the commencement of trials today, regular trials will also begin through Delhi Metro’s highest point at Dhaula Kuan at the height of 23.6 metres, which is as high as a seven-storey building,” an official of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement, reports NDTV.
The corridor will be launched between December this year and March 2018. Earlier in June, the trial runs were conducted on a 6.5km stretch between the Mayapuri and Shakurpur stations.
While some have called them driverless, it’s not that these trains won’t have a driver. It’s just that the role of the driver will be minimised. So, a better term would be ‘automated trains’. Currently, such trains are operational in Germany, France, Vancouver and Jamaica among others.