Delhi Metro Will Soon Run Trains Without A Driver

05/06/2015 4:28 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
A Delhi Metro rail coach is lifted to the track for trial runs on a new line, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, June 27, 2010. The metro is the pride of the city of 14 million, where commuters were long forced to rely on rickshaws, motorcycles or smoke-belching buses. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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 will eventually run unattended, guided by Delhi Metro's operations control centres, a statement released by Delhi Metro said.

The train arrived by sea at the Mundra 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 statement 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.

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