Since the inception of the Delhi Metro, it has undergone a lot of changes. Some that have benefitted it, some that have driven it to the ground, but one thing is for certain, Delhi Metro always propels itself to new heights. The newest such developments coming to Delhi Metro are the new driverless trains that are coming to Magenta and Pink Line routes.
What's the update?
In a bid to make Delhi metro more future proof and bring it at par with some of the best intra city rail systems in the world, the DMRC is going ahead with their plan of automating the trains on the Pink and Magenta Line metro routes.
This state of the art technology, also called communication-based train control (CBTC) will bring about a slew of new features and conveniences to these two routes on the Delhi Metro.
What are the new features?
Following the installation of CBTC, the distance between two trains will be decreased, frequency of trains will go up and trains will become safer as well as more efficient.
This will be made possible by the help of CBTC. Additionally, there will be a driver present at the coach, in order to take over where human intervention would be required. Apart from that, the train will also have attendants at different coaches, who will assist passengers and will be trained to manually drive the trains as well.
As of now, the trains are driverless, but the driver still has to do certain things as the technology is not all that advanced. In the coming phases of the technology, CBTC will automatically start and stop the train, open and close doors and adjust speed according to the schedule of the trains.
Trial runs for the same have already been conducted during non commercial hours. Since they seemed to be fruitful, DMRC aims to implement CBTC on a wide scale, all over Magenta and Pink Line metro routes.
We're glad that these two metro routes are getting new technologies. The fact that they're going to be so much more future proof just paves the way for the rest of Delhi Metro's lines.